Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

SAN FRANCISCO Uber said Tuesday hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year

But, they didn't say a word about it.

Uber's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and a lawyer who reported to him, Craig Clark, have been ousted for their roles in the breach and the cover-up. The hackers, the company told Bloomberg News, found the data on an Amazon cloud server used by the firm. In comparison to the most recent Equifax security breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers and credit card numbers of 143 million customer, Uber's 2016 security breach affected far fewer people.

They also managed to download the names and driver's licence numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the US.

Uber said it will individually notify drivers for the company whose license numbers were stolen.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ridesharing giant in August. The former CEO remains on the Uber board of directors, and Khosrowshahi has said he consults with him regularly.

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

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The company is also notifying regulators after failing to do so one year ago.


Tech Crunch also added that Uber could face problems in their home state of California for the attempted data breach cover up.

Two members of the Uber information security team who "led the response" that included not alerting users about the data breach were let go from the San Francisco-based company effective Tuesday, according to Khosrowshahi.

One of those actions was to terminate the two unnamed employees whose responsibility it was to respond security incidents, including the one that occurred in late 2016. The New York attorney general has opened an investigation into the data breach, a spokeswoman said.

Uber is now negotiating a deal with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer Investment Group that plans to inject $1bn to $1.25bn into Uber, according to Reuters, but industry commentators said the reportedly tough negotiations could get tougher in the light of news of the breach.

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

Uber is trying to salvage its reputation following a number of high-profile controversies, including using software called Greyball to evade regulators, a court battle over allegedly stolen secrets from Google's self-driving vehicle division, and a slew of complaints regarding sexual harassment and toxic company culture.

When asked what measures they would take to protect their data following the breach, more than half (52 percent) say they would either delete the app or would start using another, similar service, while a third (33 percent) say they would take the sensible step of changing their passwords.

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