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EU Data Watchdogs Set Up Task Force To Tackle Uber Breach

EU Data Watchdogs Set Up Task Force To Tackle Uber Breach”

Just days after Uber admitted of a massive cyberattack and breach of personal data of 50m users and 7m drivers globally, the ride sharing firm has said today that in that breach personal data of approximately 2.7m people in the United Kingdom has been exposed. If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed.

Central to the lawsuit are claims that Uber failed to protect its data and, once the breach occurred, actively went out of its way to hide this.

Ferguson said that the ride-sharing company violated state law by not informing consumers that their information had been stolen in the 2015 breach.

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About 50 million Uber passengers had their names, addresses and phone numbers breached, but the hackers also got driver's license numbers for about 7 million Uber drivers, including 10,888 in Washington, Ferguson said.

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

Last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the massive breach that took place under his embattled predecessor, Travis Kalanick, and The New York Times later reported that the company had paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers responsible in an effort to sweep the incident under the rug.

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Responding to the latest news, a spokesman for the ICO said: "As part of our investigation we are still waiting for technical reports which should give full confirmation of the figures and the type of personal data that has been compromised".

"We filed this lawsuit because Uber must be held accountable for its actions which have made its customers vulnerable to identity theft, fraud, and other abuse", said Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, according to WLS-TV. Specifically, he is seeking civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation-the maximum amount allowed under Washington's revised data breach law.

Uber eventually disclosed the breach to the Washington Attorney General a year later-on November 21, 2017.

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"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said.



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