Uber Admits It Hid Massive Cyberattack For Over A Year, Paid Hackers To Keep Quiet

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when you thought Uber had hit rock-bottom and was on its way back up...

In a somewhat stunning - even for Uber - series of events, Bloomberg reports that the ride-hailing service concealed a massive cyberattack - in which hackers stole personal data from 57 million customers - for more than a year... and paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about the cyberattack.

This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps.

Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of over 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday.

The personal information of about 7 million drivers were accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers.

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive officer in September, said in an emailed statement.


“We are changing the way we do business.”

Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and former CEO, learned of the hack in November 2016, a month after it took place, the company said.

Uber had just settled a lawsuit with the New York attorney general over data security disclosures and was in the process of negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission over the handling of consumer data.

Kalanick declined to comment on the hack.

“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes,” Khosrowshahi said in the emailed statement.

The company plans to release a statement to customers saying it has seen “no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident.” Uber said it will provide drivers whose licenses were compromised with free credit protection monitoring and identity theft protection.

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Solosides's picture

Another grossly overvalued server-rack in this complete farce we call an "economy"

zuuma's picture

Maybe they can tap the burgeoning sex predator market for drivers.  All those once-powerful, now jobless, dudes would enjoy giving rides with special power door locks and tinted windows.

JRobby's picture

How many people have the Uber app with cc info on their phones again?

DL's and bank info for the drivers?

Oh well. It's still a great idea to black box everything. Wall Street thinks so.

johngaltfla's picture

Uber is becoming as great a company as the one which invented screen doors for submarines.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

What else would you expect in Clown World™?

shitshitshit's picture

well, flying cars, of course!

Uber Is Working With NASA To Introduce Flying Cars To Los Angeles By 2020


Interestingly I never took a cab over the last 10 years or so, much less uber things.

I always ride my bike downtown, which is so much faster than getting gridlocked at every street corner, in addition to keeping you sane and fit.


813kml's picture

Wait a couple years and you can hack their self-driving cars into delivering college chicks directly to your dungeon.

Mr. Universe's picture

Reminds me of Will Smith in iRobot

"You are experiencing a car accident" Robot

"The Hell I am" Del Spooner, who coincidentally, is allergic to bullshit.

ChumbaWumba's picture

Let's just say i have SUPER FIRST-HAND Knowledge of this guy Sullivan.


This is the opening of the floodgates. There's a whole lot more going to come out.

The bad shit that Uber did....as in ALL OF IT...this guy was the center of it.


When Facebook tracked eveyone illegally....alll was done when he was chief security officer.... interesting piece of work this guy

shitshitshit's picture

welll, in that case dude better stays out of canoes for a while

Endgame Napoleon's picture

The moms in low-productivity office jobs, with their absenteeism protection racket, do not want to work in the gig economy unless it is some work-at-home gig of a cushier variety. Those gigs they dominate, just like they dominate the office jobs. It is not because the ride-share economy is a part-time gig, and the moms need to cover a full range of household bills on earned-only income.

Many of them do work part-time—whether officially or unofficially—because of their $6,318 child tax credits and other unearned income for womb productivity from spouses, ex spouses or government that covers their rent and groceries. They do not need to shuttle strange men around in their cars, working 1099 and paying double the SS tax.

They take the hourly jobs with benefits and leave work during work hours.....a lot. These mom gangs dish out their share of harassment while critiquing men like they are saints. It is just not legally punishable bad behavior in the case of the momma cabals. So they just have at it, as we say in the South.

The Count's picture

How do you think Uber got away breaking the transportation laws of an untold amount of countries incl our own?
Yes, the backers (speak billionaires) put pressure on the various governments to shut up and play along.
Globalism at it's finest my friends.

Arnold's picture

My hush money must be in the mail.

GatorMcClusky's picture

Üups! They hacked a cab hailing app. 57 freaking million.

ClowardPiven2016's picture

Names addresses and phone numbers!!!!!

Holy shit! That sounds as dangerous as a phone book.

williambanzai7's picture

I don't care how inconvenient people think cabs are, this company is a fucking cesspool that does not deserve customers.

new game's picture

wb7, think i'll just stay home and watch netflix. temporay escape from the reality of life as we know it. the matrix at it's finest. from one non-reality to another. and that is what we call life? happiness and the pursuit of "what"? need some help here fellow zhers, just what is happiness? i'm sooo confused...LOL.

quikwit's picture

Spend your short life with family and friends admiring the beauty of nature, wherever you can find it. Happiness.

Politics, economics, et al. is just a bunch of monkeys deciding how the bananas will be split amongst them. Don’t make it your life’s concern, unless that’s the kind of thing that gets your gears going.

You can thank me later.

homiegot's picture

I want to meet the bagholders of this company.

SantaClaws's picture

Maybe we should go back to the beginning of this internet thing and start over.

Rothbardian in Cleveland's picture

Has anyone noticed that never a hacker nor a negligent corporate CIO EVER go to jail?  I mean, these stories just keep streaming to millions of people who have been victimized only to maybe draw some afternoon long moral outrage that is swallowed by helpless stoicism thereafter.  But, if you don't pay a parking ticket you can be executed in the street like a dog when your warrant comes back on a license plate check.  WTF is wrong with humanity nowadays?

spiral galaxy's picture

Kind of like ........Hillary?! Ditto for dot gov breaches. .....ditto for gov consultants and SJWs who go running off to our adversaries with secret info. ......and especially ditto for any Dem in violation of any law!!!

Lmo Mutton's picture

Sir,  You have mistaken actuality, the events (so we're told) that happen as being perpetrated by humans.  Not so sir.  Nephilim.  "Body Scanners" in the airport.  "Human Resources" (Really, what "other" kind is there?) and lastly no humans go to jail for the wickedness proclaimed to be destroying society.  How do you arrest and hold accountable a demon in a robot body?  Pull the plug on the bot and the demon spirits away for another bot.  We need some fire and lots of it.  I smell a BBQ.

JailBank's picture

Because those hackers would reveal where the tools to perform the hack came from in court.

Memedada's picture

It is an apartheid-system: one set of “draconian laws” governing the plebs and another set of “soft guidelines” for the ownership class.

css1971's picture

This is what the word privilege means in a literal sense.

Mazzy's picture

Uber is awful, and I cringe every time I see their logo on the side of some poor sucker's car.  Why do people drive for them?  It isn't at all profitable.

813kml's picture

Some are in it for the rape, others for the murder.

new game's picture

i drive for a living(1099). it costs .25-35/mile- depr, gas, ins, and repairs/maint. this a car to small van.

if these idiots are not making nearly 1.00/ mile  for all miles driven they are fuking business morons.

.70/ mile equates to about $18-20/ hour with zero benefits, . never mind the illusion of being your own boss.

all they are doing is wearing out a vehicle with no residual set aside for replacement. and it wouldn't be hard to imagine that the vehicle is financed. another fleecing of stupid desparate plebs that can't do maff.

high mile upside down vehicles needing repairs. mom, is that bedroom downstairs still available?

RafterManFMJ's picture

I drive in a borrowed or stolen car. Really keeps my overhead down.

Shpedly's picture

It's very useful in NYC. They come right to your location. Beats the hell out of flagging a yellow cab that goes half a block beyond you before they can pull over. In the city almost every Uber driver is a former cab company driver so the drivers tell me. I tip them very well because it is a frigging nerve racking hard job for sure.

EcoJoker's picture

Fuck that.. Most drivers won't take you to JFK cause it's too close to shift change.   Lazy bastards are killing their own industry.

Shpedly's picture

I avoid JFK like the plague so not a problem. The cabbies despise the place too, so there you go.

Xena fobe's picture

I hear the night club, sport and entertainment venue trade is profitable.  But most survive on tips. 

Lost in translation's picture

Never used Uber. Never liked them.

When any company comes out of nowhere seemingly overnight and becomes a very high profile enterprise, I tend to suspect they had a leg up from Uncle Sham.

Pigeon's picture

YES  THIS ^^^^^^^ 10000X

Twitter, FB, Uber, Google, Amazon  - Just a few that Uncle "Sugar" Sam has made.

any_mouse's picture

And every TV show switches from using taxis to using Uber specifically.

L&O SVU, almost every episode, an early suspect uses Uber for their alibi. Then they mention "Uber" a few times. They should get another Emmy for the effort.

NumbersUsa's picture

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blueberry100's picture

Call me Psyco & if " Any you homo's put your mits on my stuff  -- I'll kill ya"

liverdiefree's picture

You need to eat more fish. Vitamins might help also.

Davilis's picture

I drive for uber just for fun. I plan to tell my grandkids about the good old days when people actually had to drive cars for themselves and I got paid to drive other people around. I don't care much for the company, and driving is barely a break-even game with the crap they pay drivers. But I've had some amazing experiences...

thecondor's picture

You can't hack my gold, you can't hack my guns and you can't hack my truck.  So fuck Uber.  And fuck stupid unicorn companies that don't do shit. 

besnook's picture

if you own a truck post 2008 or so it can be hacked.

bottom_line's picture

Oh noes!  How are you going to get to your AirBnB without Uber?

besnook's picture

uber is toast. they don't know the first thing about a cab company. the customer for a cab company is the driver. the rider is the customer for the driver. uber treats their drivers like shit. they will soon run out of willing driver when the drivers figure out the make about 10 cents/mile driven.

espirit's picture

How will the covert pervs get about town?

Regular cabbies have long memories.