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23 November 2017, 12:12 | Kenneth Drake
Uber Paid $100K to Hackers for Deleting Stolen Data of 57 Million People
The ride sharing service has paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret massive breach that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of ride sharing service.
The data breach occurred when two individual hackers accessed information stored on a third-party cloud-based service used by Uber, Khosrowshahi wrote.
Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 600,000 drivers, according to Uber. He was not at the helm when it happened.
News of the leak comes on the heels of revelations the Australian Broadcasting Corporation accidentally exposedAmazon Web Services S3 bucket containing a large amount of user data - an error that also recently led to almost 50,000 Australians' PII being leaked online by a government contractor.
Uber is trying to salvage its reputation following a number of high-profile controversies, including using software called Greyball to evade regulators, a court battle over allegedly stolen secrets from Google's self-driving vehicle division, and a slew of complaints regarding sexual harassment and toxic company culture. Uber is appealing. ("I apologise for the mistakes we've made", Khosrowshahi said in response.) He then traveled to Brasilia to meet with officials there and ward off restrictions on Uber's business. "We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Ubersaid in a statement. "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".
Uber has always failed to protect driver and passenger data.
Schneiderman's office determined that the earlier hack took advantage of access information posted by an Uber engineer at software development platform Github.
Law firm Keller Rohrback put out word on Wednesday that it is looking into the potential for a class action suit against Uber.
Law enforcement advises companies to not pay hackers and report breaches to the authorities.
He said the incident, which he had only recently learned of, did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure.
Bloomberg first reported news of the hack. In addition to its legal troubles, Uber has faced criticism for sexual harassment issues, underpaying and deceiving drivers, questioning a rape victim, and surge pricing during times of crisis.
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