Uber admits that 2.7 million Brits were affected by 2016 mega-hack

Chelsea West
November 30, 2017

So, on Wednesday, the regulators made a decision to form a task force to deal with the Uber breach, in which the company covered up the fact that hackers had stolen the details of 57 million users around the world. The organisation has already parted company with its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, over the 13-month cover-up.

About 50 million Uber passengers had their names, addresses and phone numbers breached, but the hackers also got driver's license numbers for about 7 million Uber drivers, including 10,888 in Washington, Ferguson said.

Violations carry fines of up to US$2,000, and Ferguson said each day Uber failed to notify each customer constitutes a violation.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) had previously said it had "huge concerns" about the breach. "Nevertheless, the nature of the information now acknowledged to have been compromised, together with the allegation that the company concealed the breach without notifying affected drivers and consumers, and prior privacy concerns at Uber, makes this a serious incident that merits further scrutiny". "However, its use may make other scams, such as bogus emails or calls appear more credible".

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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. People should continue to be vigilant and follow the advice from the NCSC. It's believed that more than 57 million Uber users were affected globally.

Uber says that the 2.7 million figure is an approximation because some users might disclose a different location to the one where they actually live.

The Dutch data protection authority will take the lead, as Uber's worldwide headquarters are sited in Amsterdam.

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 trial, brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo, centres on allegations that Uber stole autonomous vehicle technology trade secrets from it.

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