Uber Hack Affected 2.7 Million Users And Drivers In The UK

Uber Hack Affected 2.7 Million Users And Drivers In The UK

Uber Hack Affected 2.7 Million Users And Drivers In The UK

Uber says that the 2.7 million figure is an approximation because some users might disclose a different location to the one where they actually live.

Uber has revealed that 2.7 million British riders and drivers were affected by a 2016 data breach that it covered up for more than a year.

The compromised data included the names and drivers of about 600,000 drivers in the United States and some personal information, such as names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers of 57 million Uber users around the world. With investigations under way by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, and NY, there will likely be more on this front soon.

The company made the admission to the information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which is investigating the incident, which affected 58 million users and drivers and was kept secret until last week. If that penalty were applied to each of the affected drivers in Washington, it would total almost $22 million in penalties. The incident took place past year but was only revealed last week. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".

It also notes that Uber has run into trouble before for failing to notify users.

Last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the massive breach that took place under his embattled predecessor, Travis Kalanick, and The New York Times later reported that the company had paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers responsible in an effort to sweep the incident under the rug.

Ferguson said that based on Uber's characterisation of the information hackers stole about Washington passengers, he does not believe Uber had a legal obligation to notify them.

Uber spokeswoman Molly Spaeth responded in a statement, according to The Chicago Tribune, noting that the ride sharing company was "committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to regain the trust of consumers".

However, Attorney General Ferguson contends that each day that Uber failed to report the breach to each of the drivers-as well as to his office-counts as a separate violation.

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