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Uber data breach affects 57 mln users

23 November 2017

Boffetti said New Hampshire law requires companies to notify the state of data breaches and to disclose how many New Hampshire residents may have been affected. While these things may not have been dealbreakers for you, this new information might be.

Finally telling Uber users about the hack in a blog post yesterday, the company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi gave a vague outline as to how the tech startup dealt with the hackers.

Uber waited until Tuesday to begin notifying the drivers with compromised driver's licenses, which can be particularly useful for perpetrating identify theft.

New York's state Attorney General has opened an investigation into a massive data breach at Uber.

At the time of the breach, Uber paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data and did not tell regulators or users that their information was stolen.

"The fact is there is absolutely no guarantee the hackers didn't create multiple copies of the stolen data for future extortion or to sell on further down the line", he said.

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No doubt this is what the chief exec discovered from that probe of his: in October 2016, two miscreants snatched from the app biz's GitHub code repo the keys needed to access its AWS S3 data stores containing the aforementioned personal information, Bloomberg reports.

The episode took place late a year ago when hackers gained access to names, email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million Uber users worldwide, as well as the driver's license numbers of roughly 600,000 USA drivers. Uber said it is providing free credit monitoring to drivers who had their license numbers exposed.

Dowling says mistakes and breaches are bound to happen in the technology field, and if they do the company should be honest about it.

A spokesman for Transport for London, which this year announced it would not be renewing Uber's licence in the capital, said: "We are working to gain clarity from Uber on whether any of the issues seen in the U.S. have occurred here. Controls to alert on suspicious data access do exist, but my guess is that they were not used, which is all too typical in today's enterprises".

Data protection lawyers at the Leigh Day legal firm said a huge number of claims could be brought against Uber by its customers as a result of the security failing.

"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".

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"This wasn't simply a data breach", Rubin said.

According to Weiss, any attempt to cover up or hide a breach serves only to compound the loss of consumer trust and potential legal consequences. We think this was wrong, which is why we are now taking the actions we've described. "We are changing the way we do business".

Dan Panesar, vice-president for Certes Networks in Europe, said transparency is crucial when it comes to the loss of personal data.

"What I learned, particularly around our failure to notify affected individuals or regulators a year ago, has prompted me to take several actions".

Now that secret decision could come to haunt Uber.

"It has much work ahead of it, but perhaps this lesson will finally signal to other organisations that law-makers, and the public have had enough of poor data protection provision", he said.

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Khosrowshahi made no mention of whether Uber riders whose information was hacked are being contacted.

Uber data breach affects 57 mln users