Uber appears to have been hacked and has paid the perpetrators $100,000 to keep quiet and destroy all data they managed to collect.
The hack happened in October of 2016. The hackers then captured tens of millions of data from both customers and drivers. This involves names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of 57 million customers and drivers.
The company assumes (to make an ass out of u and me) that the information has not been used or resold by the hackers. The hackers were given access to the data via a poorly secured database. It seems that Uber security chief Joe Sullivan was fired this week.
According to the company, no credit card and bank details were stolen. Uber has admitted that it has been a mistake to keep try and hide the data breach from the affected drivers, customers, and the regulators.
This cover-up operation once again casts a shadow over the management period of Travis Kalanick, who led the taxi app for a long time. His name was accompanied by various scandals around the aggressively acting taxi app. Since then, Uber has changed the way it does business. “None of this should have happened, we are only blaming ourselves,” says the new boss, Dara Khosrowshahi.