Uber Paid $100,000 to Hackers to Delete Stolen Data of 57 Million Customers
New Delhi, Nov 22: The personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc. has been stolen by hackers and the company reportedly concealed the massive breach for over one year. The cab service provider, this week, fired its chief security officer and one of his deputies for allegedly being involved in hiding the hack. The company even paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep quiet.
The data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world. Speaking to Bloomberg, Uber told that personal information of about 7 million drivers was also accessed by the hackers however, it claimed that no Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken.
“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive officer in September, said in an emailed statement. “We are changing the way we do business.”
After Uber’s disclosure Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into the hack.
The company, speaking about the hack, informed how two hackers gained access to proprietary information stored on GitHub where they stole Uber’s credentials for a separate cloud-services provider and were able to download driver and rider data.
Notably, the data breach comes as Uber looks to improve its image following the tenure of Uber’s founder Travis Kalanick.