Russian Hackers Suspected in Uber Breach

Driving Privacy Regulators Crazy UK Probes Uber Breach

The ride-hailing firm now acknowledges it had a legal obligation to report the hack to authorities and to the affected drivers.

The revelations come after it emerged that Uber had hushed up a mass data breach that potentially saw British customers' personal details fall into the hands of cyber criminals.

Some of the breached data is also from markets outside the US. Users also said their phone numbers had been changed to Russian numbers.

Due to the lack of federal law surrounding data breach notification, Uber is subject to a number laws across 48 states, some of which state that users must be notified immediately of a data breach of their personal information.

Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said: 'These are obviously concerning reports and the National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with domestic and global agencies, including the National Crime Agency and the Information Commissioner's Office, to investigate if and how this breach has affected people in the UK.

We've reached out to the FTC to ask whether it believes Uber has breached the prior consent order and also if it intends to open a formal investigation into the 2016 breach, and will update this story with any response.

We are notifying regulatory authorities.

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In a statement on Wednesday, Uber announced that they had previously discussed the data breach with SoftBank saying, "We informed SoftBank that we were investigating a data breach, consistent with our duty to disclose to a potential investor, even though our information at the time was preliminary and incomplete".

By then, company executives had dressed up the breach as a "bug bounty", the practice of paying hackers to test the strength of software security, according to The New York Times. The tech company paid a $100,000 ransom to delete the data and cover up the breach.

So Uber is likely to have breached state laws by concealing the breach for so long. No credit card numbers were collected, Uber said.

We are individually notifying the drivers whose driver's license numbers were downloaded.

None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.

Affected accounts have been flagged for additional fraud protection, Mr Khosrowshahi said.

Uber claims that no social security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other were taken during the attack.

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