Remember when Uber paid a massive fee of $148m to settle US federal charges over the 2016 breach? Back then the full names, addresses and phone numbers of users got in hackers because avoidable data security flaws were left unfixed.
Those days aren’t over yet for Uber! Recently the taxi’s company has been fined with £385,000 for not keeping users data secured and because of that hackers stole over 2.7 million UK customers data.
The details on 2.7 million customers were part of a massive cache of information on 57 million people taken by the hacker group in October and November 2016.
Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the data they took.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Researchers said: “This was not only a serious failure of data security on Uber’s part but a complete disregard for the customers and drivers whose personal information was stolen. Paying the hackers and then saying nothing about it was “not an appropriate response to the cyber-attack”.
As a response, Uber hired a chief privacy officer and a data protection head who is now looking after companies’ data operations.
Besides this new fee, Uber has also been fined 600,000 euros in Holland over the same kind of breach, that affected 174,000 Dutch customers.
Also, outrageous is the fact that Uber had done nothing to alert people that their data had been downloaded or to support people affected.
Experts warn that all the affected customers are now facing an increased risk of fraud.
Recently the company stated that a number of technical improvements were made in order to improve their systems cyber security; because of this Uber is confident that the problems of the data incident from 2016 will be over.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.