In a statement, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshani admitted that he became aware of the "inappropriate access [of] user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service" late past year, and that steps were taken to secure the data, and shut down further unauthorised access. I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it. Uber has also fired two employees who were leading the company's response to the 2016 data breach.
A newspaper advertisement for an Uber stock sale was juxtaposed on Wednesday with a report that the ride-service provider had covered up a data hack - something of a metaphor for Uber, a company with boundless investor interest, but whose penchant for rule-breaking has led to a series of scandals.
The heist took the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders around the world.
Uber is also notifying divers whose license numbers were downloaded, providing divers with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection, notifying regulatory authorities, and monitoring affected accounts, including flagging them for additional fraud protection. ("We will learn from our mistakes.") The hacking fallout has already begun. For example in the U.K., Uber is now in a legal battle about whether its drivers should be classed as employees or self-employed. An Uber spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters that "We've been in touch with several state attorney-general offices and the FTC to discuss this issue, and we stand ready to co-operate with them going forward." . "Uber knew or should have known its security systems were inadequate, particularly in light of the prior data breaches that Uber had experienced, and yet Uber failed to take reasonable precautions to safeguard the PII of Plaintiffs and members of the Nationwide Class".
Managing Uber appears to be like a game of Whac-A-Mole - no sooner has one crisis been dealt with when another one rears its ugly head.
Yet NCSC's advice today highlight that Uber's decision to cover up the breach has an impact just informing individuals whose personal and financial information may have been exposed.
Uber's recent disclosure of the year-old massive data breach has raised alarms under the roofs of various authorities across the globe.
Softbank's investment is significant for Uber because it will result in a significant reform of its board and help the business improve its corporate governance, something that desperately needs to be overhauled. "We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed", said Khosrowshahi in his blog post.
By Ellen Huet & Eric Newcomer The appointment of Dara Khosrowshahi as head of Uber Technologies this summer was supposed to mark the beginning of a new chapter.
The revelation marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation.