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Uber Data Breach Sparks Investigations, Lawsuits

Uber Data Breach Sparks Investigations, Lawsuits

After suffering from a massive breach that had the data from 57 million riders and drivers stolen, Uber paid the hackers to hide the event which was kept a secret until now.

Downing Street said the hack, which affected 57m customers and drivers worldwide, had not been reported by the taxi-hailing firm.

The chair of the group of European data protection authorities - known as the Article 29 Working Party - said on Thursday the data breach would be discussed at its meeting on November 28 and 29.

Some of the breached data is also from markets outside the US.

Due to the lack of federal law surrounding data breach notification, Uber is subject to a number laws across 48 states, some of which state that users must be notified immediately of a data breach of their personal information.

They had also managed to get the names and number plates of 600,000 drivers in the US.

Late yesterday a spokesperson for the federal agency told Reuters: "We are aware of press reports describing a breach in late 2016 at Uber and Uber officials' actions after that breach". We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts.

Khosrowshahi discussed the hack in a recent blog post stating, "You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later".

He added that Uber "did not notify individuals in the UK, the UK Government or UK regulators" at the time the hack was discovered in October previous year.

'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. The move has already courted trouble for Uber across several countries with Britain's data protection authority saying that concealment of breach raises "huge concerns" about Uber's data policies and ethics.

He added: 'Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies'. We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed.

Affected accounts have been flagged for additional fraud protection, Mr Khosrowshahi said.

The fact Uber allowed not one but two attacks to happen, spaced years apart, because engineers put access keys in a publicly accessible location suggests security was hardly being considered - let alone prioritized.


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