Uber confirms 2016 hack and admits it paid thousands to cover it up
November 22, 2017

Not cool, Uber.

It seems hacking of major tech companies is currently the norm – and the latest company to admit that it was a victim of a hack that compromised the data of more than 50 million customers and about 7 million drivers worldwide.

Even worse, it has admitted that it has paid $100,000 to keep things quiet. A report from Bloomberg said that various details about customers and drivers are compromised, and this includes names and phone numbers. Uber did say though that no confidential information such as driver’s license details and credit card numbers were stolen.

Hackers that managed to get the information demanded a ransom of $100,000 to which Uber paid so it can immediately delete the data. A statement by new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that the company did take immediate steps to secure user data and implemented various security measures to keep the remaining data safe.

At the moment, Uber is still investigating the extent of the hack, though many are worried about their own personal data being stored on the ride-hailing app. If you’re worried about security, best bet is to simply close your account.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.
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