Uber pays off hackers to conceal data breach of 57 million users

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Ride-hailing company Uber concealed a data breach that affected the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers, the company admitted on Tuesday. Its chief security officer and one of his deputies have been fired.

…those responsible were able to download some personal information – including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers – of 57 million Uber users around the world. They also downloaded the names and driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the U.S.

Holy hell.

The breach took place in October of 2016 under Uber’s former management. Instead of alerting the public the company instead decided to pay them US$100,000 to delete the information and keep quiet.

Source: Uber concealed data breach affecting 57 million people – BNO News