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Uber paid hackers $100,000 to conceal a massive data breach

$100k

Uber suffered a catastrophic data breach involving 57 million riders and drivers in 2016, then paid $100,000 to the hackers to keep it secret.

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The stolen data included names, email addresses, and phone numbers of customers, plus the names and license numbers of drivers.

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A class action lawsuit has already been filed, and regulators in the US, the UK, Australia and the Philippines are investigating the breach.

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Uber’s chief security officer and his deputy have been fired for covering up the breach. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

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Uber reportedly asked the hackers to sign confidentiality agreements, and disguised the ransom as a consulting fee, according to the New York Times.

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