One of the most famous and multinational cab service company known as Uber came under the hacking spotlight. The astonishing news of Uber hacking was made even more surprising by the fact that Uber application was hacked at end of 2016 but the company did not bother to inform its customers about the hack until recently.
At end of 2016, two unknown persons successfully breached the personal information and data of nearly 57 million Uber users! Not only this but also the hackers were able to gain the driving license numbers of almost 600,000 drivers.
It was not until now that Uber authorities acknowledged about the Uber hacking. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that he recently learned of the breach and is now working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the findings of this breach. He said that the two individuals no longer work at Uber. He quoted:
“At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals. We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed. We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts.”
The Uber hacking blow has come at a point when the company is already under immense pressure and crisis. The events include using of a software called Greyball to evade regulators, a court battle over allegedly stolen secrets from Google’s self-driving car division, claims of sexual harassment during rides and unhealthy company culture.
According to company’s claims, no user data, location history, card numbers or driving license numbers were exposed and the company has offered free credit monitoring service to those drivers who had their license numbers exposed.
Uber’s CEO wrote:
“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”
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