Uber pays 100 000 dollars to hackers for silence about steal of data of 57 million users

Source : 112 Ukraine

Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber got to know on the data leak in a month after the incident
11:31, 22 November 2017

The taxi service Uber concealed information on the hackers attack and steal the data of 57 million of its clients and drivers more than a year.  Bloomberg reported this citing the company’s data.

The malefactors got the names, e-mails and phone numbers of about 50 million users of the service and 7 million drivers all over the world in October 2016. Moreover, they stole about 600 000 numbers of the driving licenses. However, the hackers did not succeed to get the numbers of the social insurance cards, credit cards data and information on the trips.

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Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber got to know on the data leak in a month after the incident. However, the company decided to pay 100 000 dollars as the ransom for the stolen data and nondisclosure of the information instead of the informing of the users and regulators.

The company also places the responsibility on Joe Sullivan, the former Chief of Security Service for the making of this decision. Uber ordered an independent audit of his work a month ago. The law firm that held the audit confirmed the fact of the hackers attack with a steal and information hiding from the clients. Dara Khosrowshahi, the new CEO of the UBER that headed the company in September asked Sullivan to resign and dismissed Craig Clark, the senior lawyer who directly handled the problem.

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‘It should not happen and I will not look for a pretext’, Khosrowshahi commented the incident on the e-mail. He noted that the company changes the business practice.

Uber was fined for 20 000 dollars at the beginning of October 2016 for the late disclosure of the hackers attack of 2014. The company recognized the demand of the regulator on the obligatory disclosure of the information on the attacks three months ago.

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