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    Default Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers

    Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers

    David Pierson

    Uber Technologies Inc. admitted Tuesday that hackers stole personal data belonging to 57 million customers and drivers — a fact it concealed for more than a year.

    The attack, which took place in October 2016, resulted in the worldwide theft of names, email addresses and phone numbers belonging to 50 million Uber riders, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the hack.
    Personal information for 7 million drivers across the world was also stolen, including 600,000 driver’s license numbers in the United States.
    Uber was required to alert regulators and drivers whose driver’s license numbers were compromised by the hack. Instead, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to erase the stolen data and keep word of the breach hidden, according to Bloomberg.
    The New York attorney general's office said Tuesday it was launching an investigation into the data breach.
    Uber fired its chief of security, Joe Sullivan, and one of his deputies for keeping word of the attack hidden.
    The ride-hailing giant’s recently installed chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said in a blog post that he learned of the breach recently. He described it as an attack by two outside hackers that accessed the company’s data stored with a third-party cloud-based company.

    The hackers reportedly stole passwords belonging to Uber engineers from a private GitHub coding site. They used those credentials to then access company data stored on Amazon Web Services. They then contacted Uber, demanding money. Uber obliged.

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    Uber Is Already Getting Sued Over Its Gigantic Data Breach

    Uber Paid Hackers to Hide a Massive 2016 Data Breach
    57 million accounts were exposed.

    By David Meyer November 22, 2017

    Mere hours after Uber admitted paying hackers $100,000 to delete masses of data they stole from the company and keep quiet about it, the first lawsuit has hit.
    Filed in a Los Angeles federal court, the suit states that “Uber failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature and scope of the information compromised in the data breach,” according to Bloomberg.
    This would presumably be a reference to the fact that Uber did not encrypt the data that it was storing, and that was subsequently stolen: names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers for 57 million passengers and drivers around the world, plus driver’s license details for 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.
    The lawsuit, launched by a customer, is aiming for class-action status. Meanwhile, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has also launched an investigation into the incident.

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