Uber hacked and paid up $100000 for concealed data

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Uber says it paid hackers $100,000 after they stole data previous year on 57 million of its users. The laws generally apply if a victim of a hack lives in that state. Is a ransomware attack technically a data breach?

The cover up involved payments of $100,000 (£75,000) to the hackers, according to Bloomberg, who broke the news.

His successor has been left to clean up the mess.

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive at Uber in August, said in the breach post.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said two hackers broke into the company in late 2016 and stole personal data, including phone numbers, email addresses, and names, of 57 million Uber users. This, compounding the seriousness of the breach and the potential repercussions if the PII is abused, suggest that the CEO's mea culpa is only the beginning of what could be a trying time for the company. "All companies would be wise to remember this: cock-ups are bad, but cover-ups can kill you", computer security specialist Graham Cluley said in a blog, adding, "You can ask forgiveness for being hacked, but many people will find it harder to forgive and forget if you deliberately concealed the truth from them".

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As much as this is a story about Uber's ongoing problems, Uber is hardly the first company to lose customer data to hackers or to try to keep such an incident under wraps.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday launched an investigation into the incident.

Grossman says the breach may not change consumer behavior, but it will be costly for the company. "They went further and they tried to pay off a hacker in order to avoid their obligation to report to attorneys generals".

He also said the disclosure helps get it out in the open so the company can begin moving toward repairing its reputation.

"The fact that they hid it for such a long time that doesn't seem like good business to me", said Daly.

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The development has already triggered blowback on Capitol Hill, with a key Democrat jockeying for an investigation. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Commerce Committee.

Uber is owning up to a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of customers around the world, but is not saying how many Canadians have been affected.

"If we do use the NDB legislation and its reporting properly, I would say in the future we will gather better empirical data around incidents and breaches that will give you better quality statistics and trends around this - particularly around the government sector, which often seems to be a bit of a black box".

Equifax executives have been hauled before congressional committees in Washington to explain why it took several weeks for the firm to notify consumers of the incident. Uber would not confirm to CNNMoney which individuals had left the company.

Hackers hit Uber, exposing the critical information of 57 million people who use the popular ride-share service.

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In March, Uber officials told the New Hampshire Union Leader that the ride-sharing service had several hundred drivers serving almost 40,000 active riders in New Hampshire. With news of the breach, however, it appears Khosrowshahi will still be stuck picking up the pieces left by his predecessor.

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