Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

Uber customers use a smartphone app to access rides

Discovery of the U.S. company's cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees responsible for its response to the hack, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August.

"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.

The company's admission that it failed to disclose the breach came as Uber was seeking to recover from a series of crises that culminated in the Mr Kalanick's ousting in June.

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. For about 600,000 USA drivers, the hackers obtained driver's license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services, the company has said.

The new CEO wants to improve Uber's reputation and on Tuesday said, "While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes".

Finally telling Uber users about the hack in a blog post yesterday, the company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi gave a vague outline as to how the tech startup dealt with the hackers.

Payments to hackers are not shared publicly however Federal Bureau of Investigation official have told that many companies are paying criminal hackers to recover stolen data. The license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the United States were included in the breach.

"Cloud services, such as AWS, are secured with SSH [secure shell] keys that are often outside the control of security teams", said Kevin Bocek, vice-president of security strategy and risk intelligence at Venafi.

USA charges Iranian man in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' hack
Attorney Joon Kim said Mesri will face "real consequences" as the "memory of American law enforcement is very long". An Iranian man, Behzad Mesri, has been charged in the massive HBO hack and extortion scheme, NBC News reports .

A GitHub spokeswoman said the hack was not the result of a failure of GitHub's security.

As much as this is a story about Uber's ongoing problems, Uber is hardly the first company to lose customer data to hackers or to try to keep such an incident under wraps.

In September, the agency revealed its EDGAR system, a platform that pools financial reports on publicly traded companies, has been breached in 2016.

"Not only will 2018 see this mandated by GDPR [EU's General Data Protection Regulation], but it is vital to ensure that even in the wake of a breach customers do not lose total faith in a brand's ability to protect their data", he said. He said, "two of the individuals who led the response to this incident are no longer with the company".

Uber's payoff to prevent hackers from leaking the stolen data is more similar to recent extortion attempts on Netflix and HBO than ransomware campaigns.

"Uber paid $100K to protect 57M people?"

State Attorneys General from NY and MA have opened investigations into the data breach. "The cost of dealing with this - they're going to have lawsuits and legal fees", Grossman said. It recently fired Joe Sullivan, its chief security officer, and deputy Greg Clark for their handling of the incident.

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