Hackers Stole Personal Info Of 57 Million Uber Users, Company Says

Report Uber Paid Hackers After Data Theft From 57 Million Riders Drivers

This isn't his first run-in with the ride-hailing company - just past year his office reached a settlement with Uber over its collection and use of riders' personal information and its delayed disclosure of a 2014 data breach.

The company's admission that it failed to disclose the breach came as Uber was seeking to recover from a series of crises that culminated in the Mr Kalanick's ousting in June.

The stolen information included names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of 50 million people around the world who have used the service.

"At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals", he said. Credit reporting service Equifax waited several months before revealing this past September that hackers had carted off the Social Security numbers of 145 million Americans.

Uber is now going to inform individuals who had their information stolen about the thefts, and will provide free credit monitoring for drivers. "The incident did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure", Khosrowshahi said.

Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, responded to the news of the hack today and said "none of this should have happened" and reiterated Uber's efforts to change how it does business.

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As much as this is a story about Uber's ongoing problems, Uber is hardly the first company to lose customer data to hackers or to try to keep such an incident under wraps.

That pledge shouldn't excuse Uber's previous regime for its egregious behavior, said Sam Curry, chief security officer for the computer security firm Cybereason.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg revealed that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to hide a cyber attack that exposed the personal data of 57 million users of the app in October 2016. The Uber data breach was concealed by the company for more than a year, according to the report, thanks to efforts by the company's former CSO and another member of the infosec team.

As well as trouble potentially brewing in Cali over the hush up, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has also launched an investigation into Uber's cockup - by our reckoning, perhaps only the fifth worse thing the controversial bad-boy biz has done over the past year. However, the database that was breached did contain names and driver's license numbers of around 600,000 drivers. Two of the employees responsible for not initially revealing the attack have been fired, Khosrowshahi wrote.

Khosrowshahi also said that he can't erase the past but the company will learn from its mistakes.

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