The report said the data breach affected 57 million people around the world – 50 million riders and seven million drivers – and that personal information of those affected was illegally accessed.
Personal Info Accessed
The personal info were names, email addresses and phone number of riders and drivers and about 600,000 driver’s license numbers.
Uber assured that Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were not stolen.
The company believes that the personal information of the riders and drivers were not leaked or used by the hackers, who were not named.
Bloomberg said Uber terminated its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and another officer, for concealing the hack.
The company also reportedly decided not to inform regulators about the hacking and instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the compromised personal info and to keep quiet about it.
Uber CEO Statement
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”
“We are changing the way we do business,” added Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive officer in September.
The hacking incident happened while Travis Kalanick was at the helm of Uber. The hack was discovered by the company a month after it occurred.
Following Uber’s revelation, governments worldwide are launching investigations into Uber’s response to the hack.
Meanwhile, the hacking incident comes just as Uber is set to enter into a deal with Japanese investor Softbank.
The hacking incident could thwart the transaction, reports said.
Uber concealed a hack in late 2016 that affected millions of riders and drivers worldwide, and foreign governments are launching inquiries into the incident and how Uber responded.
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