Hello All. So the news is making the rounds. Not only did Uber get breached in 2016 affecting 57 million users, but they covered it up by paying the hackers responsible $100,000 to keep quiet and destroy any evidence of the event.
Uber acknowledged on Tuesday that two individuals in October 2016 had accessed and downloaded data on 57 million Uber riders and drivers that was stored in a third-party infrastructure system. The company says none of its own systems were breached.
As part of the cyber-attack, the names and driver license numbers of around 600,000 drivers were accessed, according to Uber. 57 million Uber users also had their information exposed, including names, emails, and mobile phone numbers, the company said in a blog post. Uber said other personal information, including trip details or credit card information, was not accessed.
According to news sources, Travis Kalanick, the CEO at the time, first learned of the incident in November 2016, when Uber was working on a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for various privacy violations. The company chose to pay the hackers the ransom to delete any evidence and keep the event a secret.
Uber’s current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has asked for the resignation of Uber’s Chief Security Officer, Joe Sullivan, and a lawyer who reported to him.
I can only imagine that Lyft business is going to be doing better in the months to come.