How hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber customers

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Uber is in trouble again after a revelation that it paid hackers $100,000 (equivalent to KES 10,330,000.00) to get rid of the evidence in order to cover up a data breach back in 2016.Uber faced a data breach revealing names,email address and phone numbers of both
drivers and drivers. However no Social Security numbers,credit card information,trip location details or other data were taken, Uber said.

The hack affected some 57 million customers, 50 miilion riders and 7 million drivers and 600,000 driver license numbers for U.S drivers where also
affected according to a new report from Bloomberg.

This forced the ride-hailing firm to fire its Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the cyberattack a secret. According to reports the hackers managed to gain login details for an Uber Amzon Web Services account using a private GitHub site maintained by Uber engineers.

In a blog post addressing the data security incident,new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi explained that at the time of the incident, they took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals.They also identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed. Uber also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on their cloud-based storage accounts.

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