Uber Hack Affected 2.7 Million Users And Drivers In The UK

In the hack 57 million Uber customers and drivers details were compromised

Uber users and drivers in this country accounted for almost half of the 57 million total affected by the hack on its systems, which was covered up for more than a year. The suit is the first enforcement action under the 2015 amendments to Washington's data breach law, and the damages theory will likely amount to several millions of dollars.

When Uber learned of the breach, it did not notify law enforcement, consumers, or drivers, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data they had stolen.

A spokesman for Uber told the BBC the firm is not able to clarify how many United Kingdom drivers are included in the 2.7 million.

"Uber's conduct has been truly stunning".

"As part of our investigation we are still waiting for technical reports which should give full confirmation of the figures and the type of personal data that has been compromised". "The order also requires Uber to implement a comprehensive program to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the personal information it collects and maintains". "We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection".

When news of the breach was revealed last week, chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said, "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it".

Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach
YURI GRIPAS REUTERS Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach

The attorney general is seeking a penalty of $2,000 for each of the almost 11,000 Washington residents affected by the breach.

The data is understood to have included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, but according to Uber, trip location history, credit card and bank account numbers, and dates of birth were not downloaded.

Ferguson announced the state's lawsuit hours after developments in a California court case revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals.

Under current British law organisations which fail to disclose data breaches to regulators face a maximum fine of up to 500,000 pounds. If that penalty were applied to each of the affected drivers in Washington, it would total almost $22 million in penalties.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said in a written statement: "The government expects Uber to respond fully to the incident with the urgency it demands and to provide the appropriate support to its customers and drivers in the UK".




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