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Uber admits to covering up cyberattack that affected 57 million users

23 November 2017

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is investigating if this breach has affected Uber customers in the UK.

What did Uber pay to cover up the cyber attack?

Khosrowshahi said that what he learned about Uber's failure to notify users or regulators prompted corrective actions. Tuesday's data breach notification falls within that time frame.

This week, Uber Technologies Inc. paid hackers $100,000 to keep the hack under wraps, newly minted CEO Dara said in a statement on Tuesday. Yeah, those hackers could totally have kept the data.

There, the two people stole Uber's credentials for a separate cloud-services provider where they were able to download driver and rider data, the company said. It mentions that Uber will offer drivers free credit monitoring and identity theft protection, but doesn't extend this to users of the service.

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Khosrawshahi adds, "while I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes".

"If U.K. citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed", said James Dipple-Johnstone of the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office.

The new legislation "is creating a sense of urgency that not only do companies need to operate in a timely and effective manner, but that they need to build a more risk-based, proactive resilience-based approach to cybersecurity", Kleinman said. "Controls to alert on suspicious data access do exist, but my guess is that they were not used, which is all too typical in today's enterprises".

- Password plunder - In August 2014 online data protection firm Hold Security claimed that Russian hackers had accessed 1.2 billion passwords linked to 420,000 internet sites around the world, from corporate giants to individual accounts.

"It's always the company's responsibility to identify when United Kingdom citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers". "We are changing the way we do business".

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Dan Panesar, vice-president for Certes Networks in Europe, said transparency is crucial when it comes to the loss of personal data.

The breaches of the past two years, said Panesar, could not have made it plainer that the current mind-set is not working.

Now that secret decision could come to haunt Uber.

"It's like any other account you have", Flaherty said.

And even the SEC has faced security issues of its own.

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Theresa May's official spokesman said: "These are obviously concerning reports and the National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with domestic and worldwide agencies, including the National Crime Agency and the Information Commissioner's Office, to investigate if and how this breach has affected people in the UK".

Uber admits to covering up cyberattack that affected 57 million users