Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and motorists from Uber Technology Inc ., a massive transgres that the company obscured for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 pay to the attackers.
Compromised data regarding the October 2016 strike included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, debit card datum, trip-up locating details or other data were taken, Uber said.
At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy misdemeanours. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hacker to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken. Instead, the company paid hackers to delete the data and keep the breach quiet. Uber said it believes the information was never used but declined to disclose the identities of the attackers.
” None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it ,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive officer in September, was indicated in an emailed statement.” We are changing the way we do business .”
After Uber’s disclosure Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into the hacker, his spokesman Amy Spitalnick said. The company was also sued for negligence over the transgres by a customer seeking class-action status.
Hackers has been successful in infiltrated numerous corporations in recent years. The Uber breach, while large-scale, is dwarfed by those at Yahoo, MySpace, Target Corp ., Anthem Inc . and Equifax Inc . What’s more alarming are the extreme measures Uber took to hide the two attacks. The breach is the latest scandal Khosrowshahi inherits from his predecessor, Travis Kalanick.
Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and former CEO, learned of the hack in November 2016, a month after it has just taken place, the company said. Uber had just decided a lawsuit with the New York us attorney general over data protection revealings and was in the process of negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission over the handling of consumer data. Kalanick declined to comment on the hack.
Joe Sullivan, the outgoing security chief, spearheaded the response to the hacker last year, a spokesman told Bloomberg. Sullivan, a onetime federal prosecutor who joined Uber in 2015 from Facebook Inc ., has been at the center of much of the decision-making that has come back to bite Uber this year. Bloomberg reported last month which the commission is commissioned an investigation into the activities of Sullivan’s security team. This programme, conducted by an outside law firm, detected the hack and the failure to disclose, Uber said.