Uber says 2.7m Brits hit by breach that was covered up

Posted November 30, 2017

Uber Technologies is being sued by the city of Chicago and Cook County on claims the ride-hailing company's 2016 data breach harmed "tens, if not hundreds, of thousands" of area residents. The stolen data included customers' email addresses, mobile phone numbers, and the driver's licence numbers of about 600,000 Uber drivers in the US.

"This is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives".

"We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection", the company said.

Dipple-Johnstone said the ICO expected Uber to begin to inform those affected as soon as possible, and reiterated that the NCSC, alongside other relevant United Kingdom authorities, was continuing to work to ensure the data of United Kingdom citizens was protected.

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Just over a week ago, Uber revealed that the personal information of 57 million customers had been stolen previous year in a cyberattack.

"On its own this information is unlikely to pose a direct threat to citizens", said James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO. People should continue to be vigilant and follow the advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The suit is the first enforcement action under the 2015 amendments to Washington's data breach law, and the damages theory will likely amount to several millions of dollars.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will conduct its investigation on the data breach involving personal data of users of ridesharing firm Uber in the Philippines.

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The statement also says that the government "takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously".

Last week, news broke that Uber had suffered a major security breach in 2016, which in all, affected 57 million users.

That revelation prompted a delay in a high-profile trial over whether Uber stole self-driving vehicle technology from Waymo, a Google spinoff.

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