Uber data breach raises unsettling questions for infosec

Of Uber's cover-up of the data hack CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said “None of this should have happened and I will not make excuses for it.”

"The truly scary thing here is that Uber paid a bribe, essentially a ransom to make this breach go away, and they acted as if they were above the law", Curry said.

It's worth pointing out that while the company is now alerting the authorities, California's data security breach notification law requires disclosure in "the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay".

Two hackers managed to access personal information they stole from a "third-party cloud-based service". For about 600,000 US drivers, the hackers obtained driver's license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services, the company has said.

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive at Uber in August, said in the breach post.

"The security breach shows a sloppy approach by the company to protecting consumer data, and demonstrates a severe breach of trust with the public, its own employees and regulators who it failed to notify in a timely manner", said Rep. As part of that settlement, Uber also paid a $20,000 fine for waiting to notify five months about another data breach that it discovered in September 2014.

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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".

"What I learned, particularly around our failure to notify affected individuals or regulators past year, has prompted me to take several actions".

We are learning more about a data breach of over 50 million Uber drivers that occurred in late 2016.

It said the breach, from mid-May through July, could affect more than 145 million USA customers as well as Canadian and British clients.

The concerns are not only limited to the breach itself; the strongest ire is coming from regulators over how Uber handled the cyberattack. "In light of Bloomberg's report, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed to TechCrunch that it has opened an investigation into the incident". "But rather than fear the breach, organisations need to prepare with a defined, well-practiced response strategy that involves security teams, legal, executive leadership, and communications/PR support", he said. It has been subject to federal scrutiny for its use of Greyball, a software created to mislead local regulators in order to prevent them from enforcing taxi regulations. Joe Sullivan, Uber's chief security officer, is no longer with the company, it said. It was also in blue moon due to the sexual harassment case.

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