Million UK Uber Users Were Compromised In That Hack

Randall Padilla
November 30, 2017

John Thune (R-SD), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), notes that an outside law firm commissioned by Uber's board of directors uncovered the 2015 data breach. The company disclosed the breach last week.

"Uber users who notice anything suspicious can contact Uber's Help Centre by tapping "Help" in the app, then "Account and Payment Options" "I have an unknown charge" "I think my account has been hacked".

The company has revealed that more than 2.7 million users and drivers in the United Kingdom were impacted by this breach.

Uber failed to disclose the massive breach at the time, the company's new chief executive officer said last week. "I am committed to ensuring that those who don't follow these laws can not simply sweep it under the rug".

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court contends Uber's failure to protect consumers' personal information violated city and state laws.

The ICO said names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses were taken, details which could expose victims to social engineering attempts.

The senators posed 11 questions including when Uber first learned about the data breach, how many customers were affected, what types of data were compromised, what regulators were notified, and what steps were taken to mitigate potential harm to consumers whose information was comprised.

Uber says riders do not need to take action and they had seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident but has warned customers to keep an eye on their accounts for suspicious activity.

Ferguson's lawsuit is the first from a state, although attorneys general in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut and IL have begun investigations, and the city of Chicago and Cook County have filed a lawsuit.

Ferguson's lawsuit seeks penalties of up to $2,000 per violation of the state's data-breach-notification law.

A statement of claim filed this week in Calgary by Branch MacMaster LLP said that Uber's handling of the whole affair was "willful, reckless, wanton, negligent, callous and in total disregard for the security and rights of the plaintiff and class members".

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