Uber Hit With First State Lawsuit for Keeping Data Breach Secret

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Uber has confirmed that 2.7 million United Kingdom customers had their personal details stolen in a 2016 cyber attack. If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed.

The firm has said it has a total of five million active users and 50,000 drivers in the UK. The ride-sharing firm also confirmed that it had paid the hackers responsible $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet.

Uber has revealed that 2.7m riders and drivers have been affected by the massive hack which hit 57m worldwide.

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach past year, which disclosed the data of some 57 million users, the company's new chief executive officer said last week, according to Reuters.

Washington Attorney-General Bob Ferguson said that because the drivers' information that was accessed included names and license numbers, state law required Uber to notify them and his office within 45 days. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "This latest shocking development about Uber will alarm millions of Londoners whose personal data could have been stolen by criminals".


"As part of our investigation we are still waiting for technical reports which should give full confirmation of the figures and the type of personal data that has been compromised", Deputy Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said in a statement.

"We filed this lawsuit because Uber must be held accountable for its actions which have made its customers vulnerable to identity theft, fraud, and other abuse", said Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, according to WLS-TV.

The attorney general is seeking a penalty of $2,000 for each of the almost 11,000 Washington residents affected by the breach.

Under current British law organisations which fail to disclose data breaches to regulators face a maximum fine of up to 500,000 pounds.

"We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to regain the trust of consumers", said Nathan Hambley, an Uber spokesman.

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