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2.7m riders and drivers affected in the UK

30 November 2017

Uber's data breach has got the attention of Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson, who has begun the process of filing a multi-million dollar consumer protection lawsuit against the transportation company.

When Uber learned of the breach, it did not notify law enforcement, consumers, or drivers, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data they had stolen.

Uber has revealed that 2.7m riders and drivers have been affected by the massive hack which hit 57m worldwide.

The ICO said names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses were taken, details which could expose victims to social engineering attempts.

"Uber's conduct has been truly stunning".

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach previous year, which disclosed the data of some 57 million users, the company's new chief executive officer said last week, according to Reuters.

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The complaint also noted that "Uber is aware of its responsibilities to provide notice of data security breaches", citing the fact that, in 2016, "the New York Attorney General fined Uber for failing to notify drivers and that office about a data breach that occurred in 2014". If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed.

NY fined the company US$20,000 past year over a 2014 data breach.

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The attorney general is seeking a penalty of $2,000 for each of the almost 11,000 Washington residents affected by the breach.

Ferguson announced the state's lawsuit hours after developments in a California court case revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. However, Attorney General Ferguson contends that each day that Uber failed to report the breach to each of the drivers-as well as to his office-counts as a separate violation. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

However, Uber doesn't think anyone needs to take action because no evidence of fraud or account misuse has been detected.

2.7m riders and drivers affected in the UK