The most recent addition to Uber's growing list of transgressions involves efforts by the company to hide the fact that hackers managed to steal personal data belonging to 57 million drivers and Uber customers. According to the statement, the hack was performed by two people on a third-party cloud service.
According to Bloomberg, the October 2016 attack compromised names, email addresses and phone numbers of more than 50 million Uber riders from across the world. This included USA driver's licenses numbers, but no social security numbers, according to Uber.
"As Uber's CEO, it's my job to set our course for the future, which begins with building a company that every Uber employee, partner and customer can be proud of", said Dara Khosrowshahi. The U.S. has opened at least five criminal probes into possible bribes, illicit software, questionable pricing schemes and theft of a competitor's intellectual property, people familiar with the matters have said.
In January 2016, the NY attorney general fined Uber $20,000 for failing to promptly disclose an earlier data breach in 2014. The company also says its chief legal officer, who is leaving the company and will have a replacement starting tomorrow, was never informed of the situation.
Uber covered up a massive cyberattack that exposed the data of 57 million passengers and drivers past year, according to Bloomberg.
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In response to this revelation of the hack and the subsequent coverup, Khosrowshahi requested the resignation of Sullivan and also fired senior lawyer Craig Clark, according to Bloomberg. He remains on the board and recently filled two seats he controlled.
The company has now recruited the help of Matt Olsen, a former NSA general counsel and the co-founder of a cybersecurity consulting firm called IronNet Cybersecurity, to guide its security team going forward.
Uber says it plans to release a statement to customers saying it has seen "no evidence of fraud or misuse" associated with the hack.
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