Uber knowledge breach compromises IDs of fifty,000 drivers
An Uber database containing the names and driver’s license numbers of fifty,000 present and former drivers was accessed by an outdoor celebration in 2014, the corporate introduced as we speak. Uber found the breach on September 17, 2014, and an investigation revealed one occasion of unauthorized entry on Might thirteen, 2014. This implies the knowledge has been within the wild for almost a yr, although Uber drivers have not reported something fishy and the database is now safe, the corporate stated.
Uber started notifying affected drivers of the breach right now and is providing a free yr membership with an id safety firm. Of the 50,000 compromised names, 21,000 have been based mostly in California, prompting Uber to additionally notify the California lawyer basic, the LA Occasions says. Moreover, the corporate has filed a “John Doe” lawsuit in an effort to collect extra details about the third celebration.
“Uber takes significantly our duty to safeguard private info, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this incident might trigger,” Uber stated.
The info breach comes one month after Uber’s safety protocols acquired a clear invoice of well being as a part of an exterior privateness audit, although that was spurred by excessive-profile missteps with details about Uber’s passengers, not its drivers. In that report, the investigating company advisable Uber begin coaching its workforce in safety points and it additional prohibit entry to knowledge amongst staff.
“At Uber, defending the private info of riders is a core duty and firm worth,” CEO Travis Kalanick stated on the time. “Delivering on that worth signifies that privateness is woven into each side of our enterprise, from the design of latest merchandise to how we work together with riders, drivers and the general public at giant.”