Uber paid off hackers in attempt to hide theft

23 November, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Boyd Miller
  • Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

It also developed security measures to boost controls on their cloud-based storage accounts, Khosrowshahi said.

Uber's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and a lawyer who reported to him, Craig Clark, have been ousted for their roles in the breach and the cover-up. GitHub is a service that lets engineer to collaborate on Software code. "They went further and they tried to pay off a hacker in order to avoid their obligation to report to attorneys generals".

Khosrowshahi said he had only recently learned of the breach, which happened in October 2016. The laws generally apply if a victim of a hack lives in that state.

"The problem with viewing this as some sort of simple risk management decision is that it underestimates the basis for an attacker's business model", Matwyshyn told CNN Tech.

"Sadly, it's all too common that developers are allowed to copy live production data for use in development, testing and QA". For instance, it's expected ransomware payments - paying hackers to unlock files after a cyberattack - will top $2 billion this year, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Bitdefender. "Interestingly here it's the fact that Uber covered up the breach that seems to have got people's backs up, clearly showing how important honesty is when dealing with such incidents". The worst part? The company reportedly paid the hackers $100,000 to cover it up, and failed to disclose the hack in a timely manner. Neither firm paid the extortionists.

It is the latest disclosure of a major breach involving a prominent company.

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

"You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later", Khosrowshahi said. "We are closely evaluating the serious issues raised".

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After Khosrowshahi took over for Kalanick in August, the former Expedia CEO appeared poised to lead Uber in a new, scandal-free direction. Did Uber security have any monitoring in place to alert them when such vast amounts of data were accessed?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is investigating if this breach has affected Uber customers in the UK.

It later said only about 8,000 Canadians were affected.

He added: "Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies".

Uber said location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth do not appear to have been stolen.

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

Uber has set up a website for users who have been affected.


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