Uber is under fire for concealing the details of a hack that they suffered last year, which resulted in the breach of over 57 million of its users' personal data. The major tech firm paid said hackers $100,000 US Dollars to hush up the hack and its details, in order to prevent negative publicity and the possible threat of litigation.
The information regarding the hack last year comes from a blog post on their website. It states:
"Two individuals outside the company had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that we use...None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it. While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes."
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber
The breached data is meant to include the names and driving licenses of around 600,000 of Uber's drivers in the US, along with the personal information of 57 million Uber users worldwide. This data was reportedly stored in an Amazon Web Services account, which said hackers were able to access after retrieving login credentials from a private GitHub used by Uber engineers, according to information from Bloomberg. Their chief security officer, Joel Sullivan, has been fired as a result of this scandal.
Uber has been under fire from every angle lately; they've been heavily criticised in the UK for the nature of how they employ taxi drivers within the so-called "Gig economy", and the lack of worker's rights and security that has ensued. Additionally, they recently were refused a London taxi corporation license, and have been swamped with controversy regarding passenger safety and the level of background checking that goes into signing up as an Uber driver. This will no doubt add fuel to the flames, as their handling of this breach may be in violation of data breach disclosure laws, leading to a threat of investigation and potentially even litigation from the Federal Trade Commission. As of now, Uber's fate is more uncertain than ever.