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Uber Admits 2.7m UK Users Had Data Stolen In Hack

Uber Admits 2.7m UK Users Had Data Stolen In Hack

The company had paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and pushed them to keep the theft secret, according to multiple reports.

European data protection authorities said Wednesday that they are pooling their resources to probe Uber's recently disclosed data breach, which has put the ride-sharing company in regulators' crosshairs.

It's now been announced that of those 57 million, 2.7 million of the affected accounts were based in the UK.

Several states, including Missouri, Massachusetts and NY, have opened investigations, and the city of Chicago sued Uber on Tuesday for failing to notify affected residents. Uber waited more than a year, Ferguson said. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected. The suit is the first enforcement action under the 2015 amendments to Washington's data breach law, and the damages theory will likely amount to several millions of dollars. When trying to take on US giants such as Google (googl) and Facebook (fb) over their flouting of European privacy law, the regulators learned a few years ago that it was best to coordinate their investigations for maximum impact.

Separately, prosecutors in the U.S. have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals. The ride-hire company denied that other, more sensitive information like user financial details or location history had been compromised.

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In a statement Tuesday, Uber said it takes the matter seriously and is cooperating with regulators.

Violations carry fines of up to US$2,000, and Ferguson said each day Uber failed to notify each customer constitutes a violation. "We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to re-gain the trust of consumers".

Ferguson's lawsuit is the first from a state, although attorneys general in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut and IL have begun investigations, and the city of Chicago and Cook County have filed a lawsuit.

That revelation prompted a delay in a high-profile trial over whether Uber stole self-driving vehicle technology from Waymo, a Google spinoff.


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