Uber gave $100,000 to hackers in order to conceal a huge breach in 2016 that allowed siphoning of personal data of around 57 million people of the taxi service, according to the yesterday’s statement by the company.
After disclosing the concealment of the hack, two workers, who were in charge of the response to the intrusion, were sacked, by Dara Khosrowshahi’s words, the new CEO, who came in place of Travis Kalanick several months ago.
Nothing like that should have taken place, and no making excuses for that, Khosrowshahi’s blog message says. The hack happened over a year ago though Khosrowshahi claims he had learnt about that just some time ago.
This event is just one out of many scandals that Uber mired in, among which are allegations of sexual harassment, a case of trade secrets stealing and many criminal investigations, leading to Kalanick’s forcing out at the start of this summer.
Uber made known that among the leaked data were names, e-mails, phone numbers of their app clients from over the globe, it also included names and numbers of licenses of around 600,000 American drivers.
Uber users shouldn’t be anxious as no cases of fraud have taken place, and ID theft protection, as well as credit tracking would be available to drivers for free, the company said.