Los Angeles (USA), Nov 21 (EFE) .- The shared transport platform Uber unveiled a cyber leak that the company had kept secret until today and that in 2016 affected the personal data of 57 million of its users and drivers around the world
Through a press release, the CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, who arrived Last August, he showed his predisposition to be "honest" and "transparent" and to "work to repair past mistakes".
He explained that two individuals from outside the company they accessed Uber's databases and were able to download information from 57 million Uber users worldwide, including their names, email addresses and telephone numbers.
Within that amount, there were also 600,000 Uber drivers in the United States, whose driver's license numbers, the most common form of identification in this country, they were also stolen by the "hackers".
The Bloomberg agency said today that Uber, despite having a legal obligation to inform the authorities about the attack computer, paid $ 100,000 to the "hackers" to eliminate the data obtained and keep silence about what happened.
Khosrowshahi clarified that experts do not believe that the hackers got credit or banking card numbers, Social Security data or user travel histories.
"Maybe you wonder why we are talking about this now, a year later. Delegate.
After examining what happened, Khosrowshahi said that two of the employees who led the response to the cyber attack are no longer with the company, and stated that Uber has already notified the incident to the regulatory authorities.
According to Bloomberg, Uber fired his chief of security office, Joe Sullivan, and one of his subordinates for their roles at the time. to keep the incident secret.
"None of this should have happened and I'm not going to make excuses for it. Even though I can not erase the past, I can compromise on behalf of each Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes, "Khosrowshahi added.