Uber Technologies confirms the immense breach of 57 million customers and drivers accounts in October 2016, says the new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick in August.
The ride-service provider executives were immediately fired after the disclosure of the way they handled the situation as they paid the hackers $100,000 to keep the accounts personal information secret.
57 million names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of Uber users were exposed including 600,000 drivers’ names and license details. The company told Bloomberg.
“You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later. I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation,” said Khosrowshahi claiming his late notification regarding the incident, “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”
Uber told Bloomberg that two attackers stroke a private site used by the company’s engineers to store and access code in October 2016. The two unnamed hackers revealed their hack to the company then and asked for a pay-off to cover up the stolen data.