27 million UK Uber customers affected by hack

30 November, 2017, 13:43 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Now, after some further digging, it seems that 2.7 million of those affected were Uber customers from the UK.

In Britain, Uber drew around 2.85 million users, on average, over the past three months, according to web and mobile app traffic measurement firm SimilarWeb, indicating that most British Uber users were likely caught up in the breach.

Because Washington's data breach law does not define "personal information" as including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers, the complaint filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson relates only to the Uber drivers residing in Washington.

So, on Wednesday, the regulators chose to form a task force to deal with the Uber breach, in which the company covered up the fact that hackers had stolen the details of 57 million users around the world.

Had the incident taken place after the introduction of the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) next May, the penalties could have been more severe.

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The firm has said it has a total of five million active users and 50,000 drivers in the UK.

Earlier today, the British Information Commissioner's Office said about 2.7 million user accounts in the United Kingdom were affected.

In a statement, deputy commisioner of the ICO, James Dipple-Johnstone, said: On its own [the stolen] information is unlikely to pose a direct threat to citizens.

"Had it not been for recent media exposure of the Uber hack, class members would, to this day, remain unaware that their personal information had been compromised".

The ICO believes the data could be used by scammers trying to target victims of the breach.

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"This latest shocking development about Uber will alarm millions of Londoners whose personal data could have been stolen by criminals", said London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

"Uber needs to urgently confirm which of their customers are affected, what is being done to ensure these customers don't suffer adversely, and what action is being taken to prevent this happening again in the future".

When news of the breach was revealed last week, chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said, "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it".

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