Uber avoids federal prosecution after a data breach exposed the data of 57 million users in 2016.
In today’s highly digitally-driven lives, many of our very important and very personal data end up on servers, often in every corner of the planet. While those responsible for these various services and applications do their best to ensure their security, some are constantly trying to steal them. Personal data theft is very common. And the service companies then have to pay the piper. Today we learn that Uber reached an agreement for such a very important flight dating back to 2016.
Uber avoids federal lawsuits
Uber has officially accepted responsibility for covering up a breach dating back to 2016, which exposed the data of no less than 57 million users, both passengers and drivers. This Friday, the company ended up accepting an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) not to be prosecuted at the federal level, as reported by Reuters. As part of the deal, Uber admitted to failing to notify the agency of the cyberattack. The company has also pledged to cooperate in the prosecution of former security chief Joe Sullivan, who was fired by the company shortly after the incident took place.
after a data breach exposed the data of 57 million users in 2016
Uber did not immediately respond to Engadget’s request on the subject. The company first revealed the details of this attack in 2017. Rather than share what it knew about the incident with the government and users, it then paid hackers $100,000 to delete the information and thus hush up the matter. “None of this should have happened, and I will make no excuses for it,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, who was recently named CEO at the time. “While I can’t erase the past, I can assure you, on behalf of everyone at Uber, that we will learn from our mistakes.” In 2018, Uber forked out $148 million in a deal to avoid legal action from US attorneys general accusing the company of being too slow to disclose the incident.