In a public assertion, Uber has introduced that it sustained an enormous data breach in 2016: 57 million prospects’ and drivers’ names, e-mail addresses, and cellphone numbers had been compromised.
According to Bloomberg, no journey location information, bank card info, or Social Security numbers was taken.
Uber didn’t reply to Ars’ questions—Matthew Wing, a spokesman, merely pointed us to the corporate’s weblog put up.
Bloomberg additionally famous that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and never publicize the breach. At the time of the breach, Uber was negotiating with federal regulators over completely different privateness issues.
In a press release revealed Tuesday morning, Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over the corporate’s high job earlier this yr from co-founder Travis Kalanick, appeared to specific astonishment over the incident.
“You could also be asking why we’re simply speaking about this now, a yr later,” he wrote in a weblog put up revealed on Tuesday morning. “I had the identical query, so I instantly requested for a radical investigation of what occurred and the way we dealt with it.”
Khosrowshahi defined that two safety officers are now not with the corporate. Bloomberg cited certainly one of them as Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.
According to his LinkedIn profile, previous to shifting to Silicon Valley tech corporations in 2002, Sullivan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, focusing on excessive tech crime.
The CEO additionally famous the corporate can be notifying “regulatory authorities.”
“None of this could have occurred, and I can’t make excuses for it,” Khosrowshahi continued. “While I can’t erase the previous, I can commit on behalf of each Uber worker that we are going to be taught from our errors. We are altering the way in which we do enterprise, placing integrity on the core of each determination we make and dealing arduous to earn the belief of our prospects.”