Article at Bloomberg, my opinions below.
Because seriously, this should have been disclosed to the public the very moment that the data was leaked. I don’t know what person with any intelligence would believe some virtuous hackers would delete the data the moment the $100,000 was received.
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.
Thankfully No Social Security or Credit Card Numbers were exposed….as far as they want us to know. Because think about it, some people when they are caught to have done something really bad, they tend to admit completely to something far less terrible. Not to insinuate that they are not being truthful, just food for thought.
Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers.
What’s worse, is that they covered it up while being investigated for guess what? CLAIMS OF PRIVACY VIOLATIONS! Now they get the moral compass and come out, after the investigation?
At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken. Instead, the company paid hackers to delete the data and keep the breach quiet.
This is only the latest in a long-line….of compaines with data-leaks. I look at this list, and see Yahoo and MySpace on there and say to them. “Look at that you guys, you’re back in the…news.”
Hackers have successfully infiltrated numerous companies in recent years. The Uber breach, while large, is dwarfed by those at Yahoo, MySpace, Target Corp., Anthem Inc.and Equifax Inc. What’s more alarming are the extreme measures Uber took to hide the attack. The breach is the latest scandal Khosrowshahi inherits from his predecessor, Travis Kalanick
Well, it looks if we take them to their word, that at worst you’ll have scammers hitting you up on “Scam-Calls” and emails offering millions for a $400 investment. If you ever used Uber keep an eye on your credit score…and a possible class-action lawsuit to join, if you’re interested.