The global transportation company Uber has admitted to paying hackers $100,000 following a breach of data last year. Uber also acknowledges the fact that it covered up the attack, where hackers stole the data of 57 million of its customers.
Uber says that the personal information for accessed by two hackers from outside the company, and the data stolen included users names, email addresses and numbers. It’s also thought that the license numbers of approximately 600,000 of the firms’ drivers in the US were stolen.
Uber claims that no location history, credit card numbers, social security numbers of dates of birth were acquired during the breach and that credit monitoring services will be provided to any of their driver who had their license numbers accessed by the hackers.
Uber failed to report any of the victims of the data breach after it had been discovered which has raised huge concerns over the ethics and data policies of the company. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a recent statement that he was only recently made aware of the breach and is investigating why the individuals affected were not informed.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement he recently learned of the breach. He said that “two of the individuals who led the response to this incident are no longer with the company.” Khosrowshahi said the company is now addressing the issue and has notified regulatory authorities.
Khosrowshahi added that “At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals. We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed. We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts,”
Uber have not confirmed which individuals have left the company, but it’s been reported that Ubers chief security officer Joe Sullivan is no longer employed by them. It’s also been confirmed that the stolen data has now been destroyed and that £100,000 was paid to the hackers, although the details of the deal were not revealed.
This is the latest of a series of controversies involving the company, including using the software “Greyball” in order to evade regulations, a series of sexual harassment complaints and court cases involving complaints from its drivers in relation to the “gig economy”.
In his statement, Khosrowshahi said Uber is working on making improvements, saying that. “While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes”