Uber Hacked; The Public Relations Disaster Continues
In 2016 rideshare Company Uber has concealed a hack, one that affected 57 million customers and drivers Uber has confirmed this.
Uber hid the breach by paying hackers $100,000 to delete the hacked data.
Former CEO Travis Kalanick was aware of the breach a year ago Bloomberg stated when they first published the story.
So what was stolen? 57 million names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of Uber users and drivers, Uber said.
600,000 drivers were exposed by name and even their license details.
At least Uber had one good thing to do regarding the hack which offers free credit monitoring to their drivers, however, customers will not have that small security.
Uber Changes After Hack Exposed
After the hack was exposed Uber’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan left Uber. Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met Mike Brown, who influences the Transport for London after London banned the ride-sharing service saying Uber has a record of not reporting criminal offenses and not providing and requiring background checks.
He said there was no indication that hackers pilfered especially sensitive information like Social Security numbers, location history or bank account and credit card numbers. Nevertheless, Mr. Khosrowshahi said, “None of this should have happened”.
After Travis Kalanick left the company, Sadiq Khan says Uber could be free to operate in capital for years “We are changing the way we do business,” he said. “None of this should have happened”. Chief
Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another person involved in hiding the breach lost their obs. Bloomberg claimed the paid the hackers $100,000 in total.
Will they really change the way operate as they say, or will they continue to make bad PR stunts like this? If they don’t turn around quick they may lose their business to Lyft.