Uber Hack 'Raises Huge Concerns' With UK Data Regulator

Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

"While we have not seen evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident, we are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection", said Uber's recently-appointed chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi. Kalanick, the company's co-founder, was ousted as CEO in June after a string of scandals and controversies, including allegations of sexual harassment and technology theft. This, compounding the seriousness of the breach and the potential repercussions if the PII is abused, suggest that the CEO's mea culpa is only the beginning of what could be a trying time for the company.

Khosrowshahi took the position of Uber's CEO on August 30 this year.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", Khosrowshahi wrote in a statement. "In light of Bloomberg's report, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed to TechCrunch that it has opened an investigation into the incident".

Kalanick, who still sits on Uber's board of directors, declined to comment on the data breach that took place in October 2016. The company has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including using software called Greyball to evade regulators, a court battle over allegedly stolen secrets from Google's self-driving vehicle division, and a slew of complaints regarding sexual harassment and toxic company culture.

Should we all just assume our data is lost?

Legal experts say the company is likely to be faulted for running afoul of breach notification laws in the states that have them where customer data was compromised.

First, I've heard numerous stories at infosec conferences this year about unnamed companies, including healthcare and financial services organizations, that were hit with ransomware and then paid the ransom without disclosing the incident to regulators or the public.

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- Yahoo, billions hacked - In what is considered the biggest cyber-attack in history, a 2013 hack affected all three billion accounts at Yahoo. Retail giant target in May agreed to pay $18.5 million as part of a settlement over a 2013 data breach that left the information of 40 million credit and debit cards exposed.

"Cloud services, such as AWS, are secured with SSH [secure shell] keys that are often outside the control of security teams", said Kevin Bocek, vice-president of security strategy and risk intelligence at Venafi.

"Nobody likes the idea of having their personal information out there, and being possibly used against them", said Uber driver Mike Daly.

Uber's silence about its breach came while it was negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission about its handling of its riders' information.

According to Andrea Matwyshyn, professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, if companies help cyber criminals make money off hacks, they will only continue.

In other words, it's unclear what, if anything, consumers can do.

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