Uber was hacked. That's not too shocking. It happens to major companies with disconcerting frequency. What is a little shocking is how Uber handled the loss of personal information on 57 million people.
In a blog post Tuesday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the incident took place more than a year ago, and the company paid hackers to cover it up. Uber did not inform regulators or customers about the breach.
The company revealed to Bloomberg it concealed the attack because the hackers were looking for money and promised to delete the data if Uber paid $100,000. The affected individuals were 50 million customers and seven million drivers, 600,000 of which had their driver's license numbers compromised. The company has "not seen any indication" social security numbers, credit card numbers, trip location data, or birthdates were compromised. However, it did lose names, phone numbers, and email addresses for the affected customers.