A new report has just been released that has consumers frightened. According to Bloomberg, Uber has been hacked and the personal data from 57 million customers has been compromised.
One of the more shocking facts is that Uber actually tried to conceal this information for over a year, according to reports. They even went so far as to pay the hackers $100,000 to keep the matter quiet.
"Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world," the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. "The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers."
At this time, Uber has denied releasing the identities of the hackers. One of the most serious pieces of information that was stolen was the personal driver's license numbers of the Uber's customers.
“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.”
The attackers reportedly emailed Uber with a list of demands once they successfully hacked the system. The data breach is the latest incident where hackers targeted a major company.
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