Uber admits hiding a giant hack affecting 57 million people

Marcus Newton
November 23, 2017

Hackers have stolen personal data for 57 million Uber customers and drivers, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday.

You read that right, Uber got hacked and your personal information with it.

U.S. Representative Frank Pallone called on Wednesday for a hearing into Uber Technologies Inc's handling of a breach that exposed data about drivers and riders.

The stolen information includes names and driver's license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the United States as well as names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of riders around the world, said the statement.

"By choosing not to disclose this massive data breach and attempting to mitigate the breach by paying the hackers to destroy the data, Uber has essentially rolled the dice with its customers' and drivers' personal identities", law firm partner Cari Campen Laufenberg said in a release.

"They've stopped it, they took care it, I'm still gonna drive", said Uber driver Bobby Bennett.

What did Uber pay to cover up the cyber attack?

The breach took place under the former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, who found out about it in November 2016.

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", Khosrowshahi said.

It may weigh on the company's valuation, now at about $70 billion, ahead of an initial public offering expected in 2019.

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"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", he wrote.

Two employees responsible for the hack were fired by the company.

Boffetti said New Hampshire law requires companies to notify the state of data breaches and to disclose how many New Hampshire residents may have been affected.

"We've been in touch with several state Attorney General Offices and the FTC to discuss this issue, and we stand ready to cooperate with them going forward", an Uber spokesperson said in a emailed statement.

Uber said it had fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and a deputy, Craig Clark, this week due to their role in the handling of the incident.

Company bosses have now admitted covering up the breach - but what exactly happened?

In terms of scale, Uber's hack doesn't measure up to other major breaches.

The hackers gained access of information that was stored on GitHub.

There also is an option labeled "I think my account has been hacked" under the "Help" section of the Uber app for users who find suspicious activity on their accounts. A number of civil suits are also ongoing and the service faces bans in London and other cities due to what has been termed reckless behaviour.

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