Uber paid $100K ransom after 57M accounts were hacked

Gwen Vasquez
November 22, 2017

The stolen information includes names, home addresses, mobile phone numbers and emails of 50 million people who have used Uber around the world. Khosrowshahi wrote that forensic experts said there is no indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were downloaded.

According to Bloomberg, the hack cost Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and an associate their jobs because they sought to keep the hack quiet.

In a statement, Khosrowshahi said he "recently" learned that Uber in late 2016 learned that two individuals outside of Uber accessed user data housed on third-party internet cloud services the company uses. "We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection", the statement read. "Later, they emailed Uber asking for money, according to the company".

Uber also came under fire during an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schniederman that it had created what was known as the "God view" to allow it to track riders and that it used the system at least once to track a reporter.

Uber disclosed the breach today despite having known about it since the incident occurred in October 2016.

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The company has started to alert the drivers whose license numbers were included in that stolen data.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's new CEO, said in a statement to Bloomberg.

Compounding matters, Uber failed to report the hack to state or federal regulators until Tuesday - a year after it was first spotted.(Companies are compelled by local and federal laws to report hacks.) Ex-CEO Travis Kalanick learned of the breach in November 2016, about a month after it happened. "We are changing the way we do business".

Uber says it does not believe riders need to take any further action but should monitor their credit and other accounts.

As he has in recent weeks, Khosrowshahi again took to apologizing for Uber's past issues and said he's working diligently to change how the company operates.

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