Uber Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of 57 Million Users, Pays Hackers $100,000 to Keep Quiet
You may be a victim if you have an account with Uber.
What is This Lawsuit Investigation About?
On November 21, 2017, it was reported that hackers had accessed the data of 57 million Uber accounts in 2016. Instead of Uber coming forward and reporting the data breach when the incident occurred, executives at the company allegedly paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data and keep quiet about it.
Discovery of the hack and failure to disclose the data breach to regulators was made by an outside law firm that was conducting an investigation into the activities of the company’s security team.
A Magnet For Trouble
Per Bloomberg, “the U.S. has opened at least five criminal probes into possible bribes, illicit software, questionable pricing schemes, and theft of a competitor’s intellectual property. The San Francisco-based company also faces dozens of civil suits.”
“U.K. regulators including the National Crime Agency are also looking into the scale of the breach. London and other governments have previously taken steps toward banning the service,” they also said.
Last year, the company was fined $20,000 by the New York attorney general after failing to report a data breach that had occurred in 2014.
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Sanders Phillips Grossman is working with the law firm Milberg LLP in evaluating the rights of consumers whose data may have been stolen within this Uber data breach.
“Uber’s announcement about a concealed data breach last October raises huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics,” said James Dipple-Johnstone, UK Information Commission’s Officer.