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Uber reveals yearlong cover-up of major data breach

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 07:16 PM

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday revealed a massive data breach that occurred over a year ago but never came to light because the company conspired to keep it hidden.
The incident is the latest black eye for a company that, despite its massive popularity, has been recovering from a series of scandals that caused Uber’s investors to force out former CEO Travis Kalanick in June.
“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over for Kalanick as CEO, in a blog post.
The breach, which Uber said occurred in “late 2016,” exposed some personal information on 57 million Uber users but didn’t compromise riders’ location history, financial information or Social Security numbers, according to the company. The hackers did make off with the names and driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 of the company’s U.S. drivers.




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