One Year Later, Uber Comes Clean On Hack Affecting 57 Million People

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

The data breach occurred when two individual hackers accessed information stored on a third-party cloud-based service used by Uber, Khosrowshahi wrote.

In October 2016, Uber experienced a data security incident that resulted in a breach of information related to rider and driver accounts.

News of the leak comes on the heels of revelations the Australian Broadcasting Corporation accidentally exposed Amazon Web Services S3 bucket containing a large amount of user data - an error that also recently led to almost 50,000 Australians' PII being leaked online by a government contractor. Uber says no Social Security numbers or location data was involved. Hackers also stole names and license numbers of around 600,000 USA drivers.

Affected drivers will get free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. And to Khosrowshahi's credit, he responded to knowledge of the security breach with the fury of someone who wants to make it clear that this kind of thing is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. "While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", said Khosrowshahi.

A spokesman from Uber said the company is in process of notifying various regulatory and government authorities.

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The hack was discovered by an external team that was tasked with finding out the activities of Sullivan's security team which is said to have taken many decisions that have affected the company.

Schneiderman and his counterpart in Connecticut, George Jepsen, on Wednesday told AFP that Uber is the target of probes in their states over the hidden hack. "Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies", said Dipple-Johnson.

In January, Uber agreed to pay $20 million to settle FTC charges it misled drivers about how much they could make using the platform.

Uber also fired two employees who were responsible for providing information to hackers. To further hide the damage, Uber executives also made it appear as if the payout had been part of a "bug bounty" - a common practice among technology companies in which they pay hackers to attack their software to test for soft spots.

Bloomberg first reported news of the hack.

That decision evidently came despite a promise by the firm to "adopt leading data security protection practices" in a settlement with NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

Khosrowshahi took the position of Uber's CEO on August 30 this year.

In September, the agency revealed its EDGAR system, a platform that pools financial reports on publicly traded companies, has been breached in 2016.

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