A group of hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers, a massive leak that the company hid for more than a year.
Among those 57 million users are 600,000 drivers whose names and driver’s license numbers were pirated. The names of the users as well as their emails and cell phone numbers were stolen, informed Dara Khosrowshasi, the CEO of Uber, in a statement.
Joe Sullivan, until a few hours ago maximum responsible for security of Uber, is the first victim of the scandal. The manager was dismissed not only for the mistake, but for having kept a serious fault hidden for a year.
At the time of the attack, in September 2016, Uber was negotiating with the authorities of the United States questions related to the privacy of its passengers. The hackers received $ 100,000 for erasing the stolen data and not making the scandal public.
“None of this should have happened, and I’m not going to make excuses for it,” Khosrowshasi, who took over as CEO last September, said in a statement. “We are changing the way we do business.”
Groups of hackers have successfully infiltrated numerous companies in recent years. Uber’s filtering, although it was large, did not surpass Yahoo’s, MySpace, Target Corp., Anthem Inc. and Equifax Inc.