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Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 To Keep A Massive Data Breach Quiet

This is why I switched to Lyft.. Uber confirmed that they paid hackers $100k to keep a massive data breach quiet after 57 million of it’s customers were affected.

According to Huffington Post:

The breach included the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers related to accounts of people around the world, the company said. About 600,000 Uber drivers also had their names and driver’s license numbers stolen. More sensitive information, including trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and dates of birth, was not accessed.

More troubling than the hack itself: Instead of disclosing the breach to the affected customers and proper government authorities, Uber decided to pay the unnamed hackers to keep quiet.

That was likely the decision of chief security officer Joe Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor Uber hired from Facebook. Sullivan and an additional team member were fired this week.

I see a class action lawsuit in Uber’s future…

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