Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

Severance declined to say if other states were investigating the breach of the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of some 57 million Uber users around the world as well as the driver license numbers of some 600,000 of its USA drivers.

Dowling says mistakes and breaches are bound to happen in the technology field, and if they do the company should be honest about it.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, the Securities and Exchange Commission requires publicly traded companies to disclose major data breaches.

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.

"We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers".

CT is investigating a computer breach at auto hailing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] that the company said it covered up after it was discovered in late 2016, a spokeswoman for state attorney general George Jepsen told Reuters on Wednesday. Tuesday's data breach notification falls within that time frame. Among those, the hackers stole 600,000 driver's license numbers of drivers for the company.

And even the SEC has faced security issues of its own. Equifax waited weeks before disclosing the data breach to consumers, during which time three executives sold almost $2 million worth of the company's shares. Further, the FTC said Uber did not properly monitor employee access to customer information.

As the United Kingdom data protection regulator has opened an investigation into the hack of customer and driver data at Uber, the maximum penalty could be about £500,000 ($662,350, €563,000) under current British law for organizations that fail to notify affected users and regulators when data breaches occur.

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"If U.K. citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed", said James Dipple-Johnstone of the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office.

Law enforcement advises companies to not pay hackers and report breaches to the authorities.

The concerns are not only limited to the breach itself; the strongest ire is coming from regulators over how Uber handled the cyberattack.

Uber has set up a website for users who have been affected.

The tech company reportedly tracked down the hackers and pressured them to sign non-disclosure agreements so news of the incident did not become public. It was also in blue moon due to the sexual harassment case.

The new legislation "is creating a sense of urgency that not only do companies need to operate in a timely and effective manner, but that they need to build a more risk-based, proactive resilience-based approach to cybersecurity", Kleinman said.

In the wake of the revelation, Uber has fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan.

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