Uber Paid Hackers to Keep 2016 Security Breach Incident Buried

Whether it's to get from point A to point B or to have food delivered to your home or workplace, the apps for the ride-sharing and food-delivery service company, Uber Technologies Inc., can be widely found in people’s phones around the world.

Well, this week news come to light of Uber paying $100,000 to hackers to delete stolen data and keep a 2016 cyber attack hush-hush.

In response to the said events, the company fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and others involved in the breach cover-up, according to "Bloomberg."

It turns out that the cyber attackers had stolen personal information of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber.

The data taken included names, email addresses, phone numbers and driver’s license numbers.

Even though all the stolen information was deleted after Uber paid off the offenders, it’s reassuring to know that social security numbers and credit card information did not form part of the data breach.

Why did Uber feel the need to keep this information buried at the time?

It’s not like this hadn’t happened before to other companies. Victims to cyber security breaches, include; Yahoo, Equifax Inc., and Target Corp. to name a few.

In an effort to rebuild the relationship with its Uber employees, partners and customers, Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO in September of this year, addressed the issue in a statement assuring, “We will learn from our mistakes. 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.”

Khosroshahi tapped Matt Olsen, former general counsel of the National Security Agency and director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to help him think through how to guide and structure their security teams and processes going forward.

Read more about cyber security and Uber at “Bloomberg