Uber admits major data breach... 1 year lateData on 57 million drivers and riders was hacked in 2016, but new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he only learned of the breach recently.
If you were using Uber last year, then I have some bad news. Your personal details may have been hacked. On Tuesday, the company revealed hackers stole data on 57 million drivers and riders in October 2016. According to a statement from Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, The company discovered the breach in November, 2016, but Khosrowshahi said he only learned of the breach recently. Hackers didn't access credit card information or social security numbers. But personal information, like names, email addresses, and drivers license numbers were all compromised. Uber says roughly 600,000 drivers are effected, and now it's offering them identity theft protection and credit monitoring. According to the Uber CEO, the data was stored on a cloud service, and then downloaded by two individuals outside the company. Uber then paid $100,000 to have the hackers delete this data. None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it, Khosrowshahi said in his statement. Adding that the company would learn from its mistakes. But the news tops off a bad year for Uber. Former CEO Travis Kalanick left the company in June after a string of scandals. Since then, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has had to stare down more issues. Including tussles with regulators around the world and continued allegations of sexual assault leveled against its drivers. So is the data breach enough for you to stop using Uber? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. I'm Claire Reilly and you can read more about continuing Uber saga at CNET.com.