It seems like barely a week goes by without a large company having customer data stolen, and just as we thought this would be a quiet week, one arrives – right on time. It has been reported by the BBC this morning that taxi giant Uber has concealed a hack that affected 57 million of its customers and drivers.
Uber Hack – Data Belonging to 57 Million People Stolen
It is reported that the breach, which happened in 2016, was hidden by the firm. They paid the hackers a ransom of $100,000 to delete the data, although it is not known whether this was actually done. The hackers had taken some 57 million names, email addresses and mobile numbers from the company’s database. Of those were 600,000 drivers who had their names and driving licence details taken.
Uber Hack – Am I affected?
The drivers who had data stolen have been offered free credit monitoring protection by Uber, but according to a statement from Uber, customers who were affected will not be given the same protection. As yet, no evidence has come to light of the data being misused. Joe Sullivan, Uber’s chief security officer, has now left the company.
How did Uber get hacked?
Uber has not given precise details of how the hack happened – and so it is not known whether customers in the UK have been affected – but Bloomberg’s reports that two hackers accessed a private area of the Github online developers resource where they found Uber’s log-in credentials to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is a cloud computing service that is used by companies to store data.
What are the consequences for Uber?
In the UK, companies are required to disclose significant data breaches to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s office). Covering up the hack is likely to land the firm with a large fine if UK citizens’ data was lost. In January this year, Uber was fined $20,000 in the United States for failing to disclose a less serious breach that happened in 2014.
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