Uber discloses data breach one year after it happened

SAN FRANCISCO Uber said Tuesday hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year

Uber revealed on Tuesday that it has kept a massive data breach affecting 57 million people quiet for more than a year.

New Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August, confirmed two employees responsible for its response to the hack had been fired.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it".

As the Wall Street Journal notes, the Securities and Exchange Commission requires publicly traded companies to disclose major data breaches.

Both Uber drivers and users were affected by the data breach, though Uber said in a press release that their experts have not seen "any indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were downloaded".

Khosrowshahi also said that he can't erase the past but the company will learn from its mistakes.

Kalanick, who still sits on Uber's board of directors, declined to comment on the data breach that took place in October 2016. Around 7 million drivers were also affected, with hackers accessing around 600,000 U.S. driver's license numbers.

"Cloud services, such as AWS, are secured with SSH [secure shell] keys that are often outside the control of security teams", said Kevin Bocek, vice-president of security strategy and risk intelligence at Venafi.

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Under new data protection rules that come into force in the European Union next May, companies will have to identify and notify regulators of data breaches within 72 hours or face significantly increased penalties.

He said the incident, which he had only recently learned of, did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure.

Data from 57 million users and drivers were compromised in a data breach incident Uber concealed for more than a year.

Law enforcement advises companies to not pay hackers and report breaches to the authorities. With Tuesday's disclosure, however, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a new investigation into the company's practices. Fifty-seven million people is a significant chunk of Uber's user base, which hit 40 million monthly active riders past year. He said, "two of the individuals who led the response to this incident are no longer with the company".

"This wasn't simply a data breach", Rubin said. "The cost of dealing with this - they're going to have lawsuits and legal fees", Grossman said.

When asked what measures they would take to protect their data following the breach, more than half (52 percent) say they would either delete the app or would start using another, similar service, while a third (33 percent) say they would take the sensible step of changing their passwords.

As a result of the hack and coverup coming to light, the company parted ways with chief security officer Joe Sullivan and one of his deputies. In addition to its legal troubles, Uber has faced criticism for sexual harassment issues, underpaying and deceiving drivers, questioning a rape victim, and surge pricing during times of crisis.

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