Uber joins the infamous ‘I got hacked’ club of corporations
This year has definitely been one for the books for cybersecurity.
Big-name corporations such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Arby’s, Yahoo, Dun & Bradstreet, Deloitte, and Equifax are among those who have seen customer information and company’s
records stolen from their databases, with businesses putting their best efforts to conceal the breaches for as long as they can.
Now, Uber joins this infamous club of ‘I got hacked’ corporations after it was reported by Bloomberg that personal data from more than 57 million customers was stolen by hackers.
The company’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan reportedly concealed the incident and paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and remain quiet. Something that has led to significant worries,
as this hostage-ransom situation might be happening all across the corporate world without publicly disclosing the operations.
Paul Lipman, the CEO of BullGuard, an antivirus company, said regarding the ransom “If you pay a hacker’s ransom, what guarantee do you have that they’ll really delete your data? You can
hardly rely on a cybercriminal to hold up their end of that bargain. Furthermore, it just serves to encourage further hacking, making all of us less secure”.
The New York State Office of the Attorney General has already opened an investigation on the matter, and Uber couldn’t be more worried about it, as it piles up with other ongoing legal
procedures the company has been facing due to privacy issues, along with the loss of its license to operate in London.
It seems that Uber has learned the hard lesson that you can’t get away with hiding things from mom and dad.
The company’s CEO Dana Khosrowshahi said regarding the breach that “While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes”.
Definitely not the most pleasant news for someone who has been in office for just three months.
Uber has remained operational even though current legislation hasn’t been able to keep up with the pace of its business model. Nevertheless, this significant event might trigger further regulative
efforts to deal with its services, as the company’s reach and influence within different countries make it an attractive target for cybersecurity criminals.
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