27 million UK Uber customers affected by hack

27 million UK Uber customers affected by hack

27 million UK Uber customers affected by hack

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Uber also said the 2.7 million figure is an "approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count" because it can not always tell where each customer was located.

The stolen information includes names, email addresses and phone numbers and - for United States drivers - licence numbers.

In the hack, 57 million Uber customers and drivers' details were compromised.

Uber last week revealed a massive data breach that occurred over a year ago but never came to light because the company conspired to keep it hidden.

The UK's data regulator, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), said it expects Uber to notify all affected British customers and drivers as soon as possible. Uber investigated and confirmed that the individual and one other person had in fact accessed Uber's files, which included the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of about 50 million passengers worldwide.

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone added: "On its own, this information is unlikely to pose a direct threat to citizens".

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said. People should continue to be vigilant and follow the advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It's monitoring the affected accounts and has flagged them for additional fraud protection.

Separately, prosecutors in the USA have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals.

Amid reports that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to delete customer information that was obtained in a data breach, a group of senators raised questions on Monday about the alleged breach and the company's response.

The letter also notes that Uber entered into a consent order with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in August 2017 in response to the company's privacy and data security standards.

That revelation prompted a delay in a high-profile trial over whether Uber stole self-driving vehicle technology from Waymo, a Google spinoff.

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