If you’ve ever used an Uber ride, you probably loved it for its convenience…but you probably will love it a lot less when you find out that hackers got into their systems, and stole information of more than 57 MILLION users…and then the company tried to cover it up.
Bloomberg reports Uber fell victim to a cyberattack from a group of hackers that saw the data of 57 million Uber users and drivers stolen. The company reportedly kept this attack hidden from the public for over a year, leading to the firing of chief security officer Joe Sullivan this week along with one of his deputies. The stolen data, dating back to October 2016, contains the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders worldwide, according to a statement from the company.
The personal details of approximately 7 million drivers were also accessed by hackers, including 600,000 U.S. drivers license numbers. Social security numbers and trip location details were not among the data stolen. Uber has now acknowledged that they had a legal obligation to report the hack to the drivers and customers affected, as well as regulators, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen user information and stay quiet about the hack.
I don’t know about you, but I smell a class action lawsuit happening very soon. Uber is on their way out after this, for sure.