Uber Paid $100K to Hackers for Deleting Stolen Data of 57 Million People


Uber Paid $100K to Hackers for Deleting Stolen Data of 57 Million People. The information of 57 million accounts of Uber was compromised in October 2016. The ride sharing service has paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret massive breach that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of ride sharing service.

Uber Paid $100K to Hackers for Deleting Stolen Data of 57 Million People

Uber also fired two employees who were responsible for providing information to hackers. Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August said that:

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it

The stolen information included the names, email addresses and mobile numbers of Uber customers globally. Hackers also stole names and license numbers of around 600,000 U.S. drivers.

Uber announced that ride users shouldn’t worry as there is no evidence of fraud. It was also revealed that license numbers of drivers which were stolen will be offered free identity theft protection and credit monitoring.

The hackers gained access of information that was stored on GitHub. GitHub is a service that lets engineer to collaborate on Software code. GitHub official told that this hack was not due to bad security of GitHub.

Mr. Khosrowshahi said:

“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes. We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers.”

Payments to hackers are not shared publicly however FBI official have told that many companies are paying criminal hackers to recover stolen data.

Uber has always failed to protect driver and passenger data. Even in 2014, company had come to know that its employees had used software tool named God View to track passengers. It was also in blue moon due to the sexual harassment case. Uber bad days will pass once the company take several precautionary measures.

Also Read: Uber Users on iPhone can now Block App from Tracking their Location after Ride Ends

Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.
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