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Uber says 2016 data breach hit 2.7 million UK customers, or most of its base

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc has knowledgeable Britain’s data coverage regulator that about 2.7 million person accounts – representing the overwhelming majority of other people the usage of the ride-hailing carrier within the nation – have been suffering from a 2016 data breach.

FILE PHOTO: The Uber emblem is observed on cellular phone in London, Britain, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

The breach, which the corporate disclosed final week involving 57 million customers international, noticed names, cell phone numbers and e mail addresses compromised, the corporate informed UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). 

ICO stated it expects Uber to alert the entire affected British customers, each Uber drivers and passengers, once conceivable.

The breach used to be an additional setback to the Silicon Valley corporate after London’s shipping regulator stripped it of its running license in September, mentioning Uber’s method to reporting severe legal offences and background assessments on drivers.

Uber didn’t expose the large breach on the time, the corporate’s new leader govt officer stated final week.

Under present British legislation organizations which fail to expose data breaches to regulators face a most wonderful of as much as 500,000 kilos ($670,600).

In Britain, Uber drew round 2.85 million customers, on reasonable, over the last 3 months, in step with internet and cellular app visitors size company IdenticalWeb, indicating that most British Uber customers have been most probably stuck up within the breach.

Uber stated on its site on Wednesday that unbiased forensics mavens had no longer observed any indication that shuttle location historical past, bank card numbers, checking account numbers or dates of start have been downloaded within the breach.

“We do not believe any individual rider needs to take any action,” the corporate stated.

“We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident. We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.”

Uber has been pressured to give up a number of nations, together with Denmark and Hungary, and confronted regulatory battles in more than one U.S. states and world wide.

It comes after a tumultuous few months for the San Francisco start-up that resulted in former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick being pressured out after a sequence of boardroom controversies.

Reporting via Parikshit Mishra in Bengaluru and Paul Sandle in London; Editing via Sriraj Kalluvila and Louise Heavens

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