Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 To Delete The 57m Customers Stolen Data

A popular cab-hailing app named Uber has paid hackers to delete the 57 Million customers data. Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc. from last year. According to BloombergThe company has recovered the data for paying a ransom of $100,000. Uber has obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed and implemented new security measures.  The company is also investigating the hack with a third party and has reached out to regulators.

Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO of UBER) is said about incident at Uber:

“Unauthorised users got access to Uber’s account with a third-party cloud provider.  They were able to download 600,000 names and accompanying driver’s license numbers as well as the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of some 57 million riders and drivers. The ride-hailing company did not disclose the attack to either customers, drivers, or regulators.”


“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it. While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”

We are taking steps to create a better Cyber Security infrastructure. He’s hired Matt Olsen, former director for the National Counter terrorism Center, to help establish a revamped structure for its security teams. 

Uber’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and one of his deputies have been fired for their roles in covering up the breach.

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