The hackers who accessed the personal data of 57 million Uber accounts in 2016 used an old school hacking method according to technology expert, Blake Dowling.
Uber's disclosure that hackers accessed the personal information of 57 million riders and drivers a year ago, a breach it didn't disclose publicly until Tuesday, adds new potential legal woes for the already troubled company.
Khosrowshahi took the position of Uber's CEO on August 30 this year. "We are changing the way we do business".
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Uber is trying to salvage its reputation following a number of high-profile controversies, including using software called Greyball to evade regulators, a court battle over allegedly stolen secrets from Google's self-driving auto division, and a slew of complaints regarding sexual harassment and toxic company culture. The New York attorney general has opened an investigation into the data breach, a spokeswoman said. However, the drivers license numbers of 600 000 drivers in the United States were compromised.
Under new data protection rules that come into force in the European Union next May, companies will have to identify and notify regulators of data breaches within 72 hours or face significantly increased penalties. "Some of the questions that should be answered include: Why did engineers have access to 57 million records of personally identifiable information?"
The concerns are not only limited to the breach itself; the strongest ire is coming from regulators over how Uber handled the cyberattack.
Attorneys general in at least three states, including MA and NY, have already launched investigations into the hack.
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So far, Uber says there's no evidence that the data taken has been misused. Two of the employees responsible for not initially revealing the attack have been fired, Khosrowshahi wrote.
Uber has set up a website for users who have been affected.
"This wasn't simply a data breach", Rubin said.
The FTC hasn't commented on whether or not it will investigate the matter, but an agency spokesperson said in an emailed statement that it is "closely evaluating the serious issues raised". This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.
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