Uber hacked and paid up $100000 for concealed data

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It turns out ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left behind yet another hidden scandal: the company paid a $100,000 payout to hackers after a data breach that left the data of 57 million customers and drivers exposed.

You read that right, Uber got hacked and your personal information with it.

The stolen information included the names, email addresses and mobile numbers of Uber customers globally. Around 7 million drivers were also affected, with hackers accessing around 600,000 USA driver's license numbers.

Discovery of the United States company's cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees responsible for its response to the hack, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August. He was not at the helm when it happened.

The company said it paid the hackers $132,000 to delete the stolen data.

Bloomberg News first reported the data breach yesterday.

The concerns are not only limited to the breach itself; the strongest ire is coming from regulators over how Uber handled the cyberattack.

Uber insists that location history, bank account numbers, dates of birth and credit card number information was not compromised.

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Uber announced that ride users shouldn't worry as there is no evidence of fraud.

Khosrowshahi said Uber had begun notifying regulators. It mentions that Uber will offer drivers free credit monitoring and identity theft protection, but doesn't extend this to users of the service.

Khosrowshahi took the position of Uber's CEO on August 30 this year. "The incident did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure", Khosrowshahi said.

Uber also fired two employees who were responsible for providing information to hackers. "We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts".

"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.

Steve Rubin, head of the cybersecurity legal practice at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, told The Hill that the incident is likely to trigger an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has already faulted Uber for making deceptive claims about data privacy.

Uber has also come under fire over allegations of sexual harassment and a misogyny, culminating in a report from former Attorney General Eric Holder on its workplace culture.

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