Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers — and the company hid it for a year
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers, and concealed the breach for over a year, Bloomberg reports.
The massive data breach in October2016 included names and personal information of 50 million Uber riders, as well as data on about 7 million drivers—including nearly 600,000 U.S. driver’s liscneces, according to the report.
The company also reportedly paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the information.
“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Uber chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an emailed statement. “We are changing the way we do business.”
“At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals.,” Khosrowshahi added. “We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts.”