Uber data breach affects 57 mln users

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

"The Federal Trade Commission must immediately begin an investigation into both the breach itself and the company's outrageous delay in disclosing the breach", added Pallone.

Attorneys general in at least three states, including MA and NY, have already launched investigations into the hack. "Congress can and should take action now to pass legislation that makes companies more accountable and provides meaningful protections for consumers".

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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.

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The hackers gained access of information that was stored on GitHub.

Theresa May's official spokesman said: "These are obviously concerning reports and the National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with domestic and worldwide agencies, including the National Crime Agency and the Information Commissioner's Office, to investigate if and how this breach has affected people in the UK".

Credit reporting firm Equifax in September revealed that 143 million of its US-based users had their personal information compromised from mid-May through July 2017, including Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and other data. In 2013, a hack of Yahoo impacted very single account - 3 billion in total.

The company did not alert victims or regulators of the breach when it was first discovered. Fifty-seven million people is a significant chunk of Uber's user base, which hit 40 million monthly active riders a year ago. Equifax waited weeks before disclosing the data breach to consumers, during which time three executives sold almost $2 million worth of the company's shares. The simple fact is that when this kind of thing happens, your customer base and bottom line are going to suffer so it has to be dealt with responsibly.

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The breach occurred in October 2016 but Mr Khosrowshahi said he had only recently learned of it.

"Companies get punished for that", Rubin said. He was replaced in August by former Expedia boss, Dara Khosrowshahi. In addition to its legal troubles, Uber has faced criticism for sexual harassment issues, underpaying and deceiving drivers, questioning a rape victim, and surge pricing during times of crisis.

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", he said.

The data was swiped by an employee from the personal credit ratings firm Korea Credit Bureau who then sold it to telemarketing companies. The cab service provider, this week, fired its chief security officer and one of his deputies for allegedly being involved in hiding the hack. It may weigh on the company's valuation, now at about $70 billion, ahead of an initial public offering expected in 2019.

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