Uber paid hackers ransom to hush up security breach

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Uber paid hackers ransom to hush up security breach

Uber has come under fire in the UK after admitting that it hushed up a security breach that exposed the details of 57 million customers and drivers.

The taxi app didn’t report the breach and paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers to delete the data, which included the names, email addresses and phone numbers, but not credit card numbers or trip details.

The breach, which happened last year, only came to light when new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi came clean.

As a result of the cover up, chief security officer Joe Sullivan and another executive have been ousted, Bloomberg reports.

The UK’s deputy information commission James Dipple-Johnson has described Uber’s actions as ‘unacceptable’.

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