Uber Admits 2.7m UK Users Had Data Stolen In Hack

Uber Admits 2.7m UK Users Had Data Stolen In Hack

Uber Admits 2.7m UK Users Had Data Stolen In Hack

The Information Commissioner's Office, the United Kingdom data regulator, also said it would "expect" Uber to alert those affected in the United Kingdom as soon as possible.

Last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the massive breach that took place under his embattled predecessor, Travis Kalanick, and The New York Times later reported that the company had paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers responsible in an effort to sweep the incident under the rug.

The group of European data protection authorities said today they set up a task force to probe ride-sharing company Uber.

The data is understood to have included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, but according to Uber, trip location history, credit card and bank account numbers, and dates of birth were not downloaded.

The senators posed 11 questions including when Uber first learned about the data breach, how many customers were affected, what types of data were compromised, what regulators were notified, and what steps were taken to mitigate potential harm to consumers whose information was comprised. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

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"This is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives", Uber said in a statement.

The NPC considers Uber as a Personal Information Controller and should provide detailed information on the nature of the incident, the scope of measure, and the remedial measures taken.

"We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection", the company said.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties in the millions of dollars.

It also notes that Uber has run into trouble before for failing to notify users. "We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to re-gain the trust of consumers". The trial, brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo, centres on allegations that Uber stole autonomous vehicle technology trade secrets from it.

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