Uber's data breach was relatively small when compared to the Yahoo hack

Uber's data breach was relatively small when compared to the Yahoo hack

The episode took place late previous year when hackers gained access to names, email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million Uber users worldwide, as well as the driver's license numbers of roughly 600,000 US drivers.

Newly-appointed CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he only recently became aware of the Uber data breach and pledged to take several actions to correct the dysfunction that led to the cover-up.

Dowling says mistakes and breaches are bound to happen in the technology field, and if they do the company should be honest about it.

There, hackers found the username and password to access Uber user data stored in an Amazon server.

Uber says that credit card details, trip location, security numbers, and other sensitive information were not stolen in the hack.

"We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers".

They also managed to download the names and driver's licence numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the US.

But Uber's breach is different - the company tried to cover it up and did not alert authorities or users of the issue.

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Earlier in 2016, the company reached a settlement with the NY attorney general requiring it to take steps to be more vigilant about protecting the information that its app stores about its riders. Earlier in January this year, Uber was fined US$20,000 for failing to disclose a comparatively less serious breach in 2014.

Downing Street said the hack, which affected 57 million customers and drivers worldwide, had not been reported by the taxi-hailing firm. Yet whatever comes of that investigation, Pilgrim - whose office will oversee the new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme from February 2018 - called the breach "a timely reminder to Australian businesses and agencies of the reputational vale of good privacy practice, and the reputational risks that can follow mishandling of personal data".

Attorneys general in at least three states, including MA and NY, have already launched investigations into the hack. Fifty-seven million people is a significant chunk of Uber's user base, which hit 40 million monthly active riders previous year. "But rather than fear the breach, organisations need to prepare with a defined, well-practiced response strategy that involves security teams, legal, executive leadership, and communications/PR support", he said.

Regulators in Australia and the Philippines said they would look into the matter.

Uber has also come under fire over allegations of sexual harassment and a misogyny, culminating in a report from former Attorney General Eric Holder on its workplace culture.

The data was swiped by an employee from the personal credit ratings firm Korea Credit Bureau who then sold it to telemarketing companies.

Sullivan and one of his deputies were ousted from the company as a result of the CEO's internal investigation, we're told.

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