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Uber discloses massive data breach, year-long cover-up

Nov 22, 2017 6:45 am

Cory Bennett is reporting at Politico New York ride-hailing service Uber, Tue., Nov. 21, revealed a massive data breach that occurred more than a year ago, but never came to light because the company conspired to keep it hidden. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said Uber's CEO, in a blog post. The breach occurred in late 2016 and exposed some personal information on 57 million Uber users. It did not compromise riders’ location history, financial information or Social Security numbers, according to the company. The hackers did make off with the names and driver’s license numbers of approximately 600,000 of the company’s U.S. drivers. After discovering the thefts, Uber executives kept the information to themselves and paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen data hoping to keep it off the black markets, where a researcher might discover it and alert the public. It is unknown whether Uber will face legal or regulatory scrutiny over this incident. Read the full story at Politico New York.