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

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.


shitshitshit Buckaroo Banzai Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:58 Permalink

well, flying cars, of course!Uber Is Working With NASA To Introduce Flying Cars To Los Angeles By 2020http://www.iflscience.com/technology/uber-is-working-with-nasa-to-intro… 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. 

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ChumbaWumba zuuma Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:16 Permalink

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

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Endgame Napoleon zuuma Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:48 Permalink

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.

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The Count Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:14 Permalink

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.

quikwit new game Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

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.

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Rothbardian in… Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:24 Permalink

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?

Lmo Mutton Rothbardian in… Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:51 Permalink

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.

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Memedada Rothbardian in… Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:45 Permalink

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

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Mazzy Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:28 Permalink

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.

new game dobermangang Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:19 Permalink

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?

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Shpedly Mazzy Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:37 Permalink

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.

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Lost in translation Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:30 Permalink

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.

NumbersUsa Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:34 Permalink

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Davilis Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

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 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:11 Permalink

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 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:33 Permalink

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.