Uber hacked and paid up $100000 for concealed data

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Hackers stole the personal information of 50 million Uber customers and 7 million drivers a year ago, which the company kept under wraps by paying the criminals $100,000 to destroy what they stole.

"It doesn't appear that happened here", he said.

Forty-eight states have security breach notification laws which require companies to disclose when hackers access private information, including California, where Uber is headquartered.

Bloomberg reported that two Uber developers had stashed credentials for the company's data stores in their code on GitHub.

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

"Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's statement that there is no excuse for what happened and Uber will be putting integrity and trust at the core of every business decision is a welcome message", he said. Anyone affected by the hack will be notified, he said.

Forensic analysis confirmed that the names and driver's license numbers of around 600,000 USA drivers, as well as personal information about 57m users - including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers - had been compromised.

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"It's always the company's responsibility to identify when United Kingdom citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers".

A GitHub spokeswoman said the hack was not the result of a failure of GitHub's security.

Uber has admitted it covered up a data breach in 2016 that affected 57 million customers and drivers.

Law enforcement advises companies to not pay hackers and report breaches to the authorities. Earlier in January this year, Uber was fined US$20,000 for failing to disclose a comparatively less serious breach in 2014.

Vera Jourova, the European Union commissioner in charge of data, said Uber's failure to come clean about the breach showed why the new data protection law was needed. Is a ransomware attack technically a data breach?

The New York Attorney General's Office has also opened an investigation into the breach.

"Uber paid $100K to protect 57M people? The cost of dealing with this - they're going to have lawsuits and legal fees", Grossman said. "But rather than fear the breach, organisations need to prepare with a defined, well-practiced response strategy that involves security teams, legal, executive leadership, and communications/PR support", he said. "All companies would be wise to remember this: cock-ups are bad, but cover-ups can kill you", computer security specialist Graham Cluley said in a blog, adding, "You can ask forgiveness for being hacked, but many people will find it harder to forgive and forget if you deliberately concealed the truth from them". Sullivan, formerly the top security official at Facebook Inc and a federal prosecutor, served as both security chief and deputy general counsel for Uber. It was also in blue moon due to the sexual harassment case.

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