Uber HUGE Data Leak: All You Need to Know


Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber in 2016. Nexter tells you what to do after this data Breach.


As Bloomberg reported (link), Uber Technologies Inc. covered up the huge data breach that happened in October 2016 and paid the hackers $100,000 for deleting data and keep the incident in a secret.

The leak included names, addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world and personal information of about 7 million drivers, including 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. As Uber responded, Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details were not taken.



Uber was required to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken which he failed to do.

“At the of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals,” Dara Khosrowshahi, the current Uber’s CEO said. “We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts.”

Uber also assures that leaked information was never used but still they refused to disclose the identity of intruders.

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said Khosrowshahi in an emailed statement. “We are changing the way we do business.”

Uber’s hard times


Earlier this year Uber faced the huge crisis after #deleteUber campaigns started in January in which more than 400,000 Uber riders deleted their accounts. According to the latest data, the $69 billion company began to recover as it’s business grew by 15 percent from March to September in the U.S., according to credit card analytics company Second Measure.

The high expectations were connected with the recent appointment of new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, who plans to turn the Uber image around as he prepares to eventually take it public.

What To Do After a Data Breach

In the era of Internet services and systems, data leaks became a usual deal. Unfortunately,  no one is insured from hackers attacks that why Nexter gives you easy recommendations what do in case your personal information was stolen.

  • Driver’s license information
    You should immediately report to your nearest motor vehicles branch about it.
  • Then the state will flag your license number in case someone else tries to use it, or they might suggest that you apply for a duplicate.

Email addresses and phone numbers

Passwords and email addresses are often compromised. The theft of such data puts you at risk for so-called phishing attacks when ID thieves try to get additional information via email or phone.

In order to avoid becoming the victim of ID theft, we recommend you:

  • to change your email password
  • Block or delete your account
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple services
  • Change the password, if it duplicates

In case your Social Security number was exposed

  • Get your free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com. Check for any accounts or charges you don’t recognize.
  • Consider placing a credit freeze. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name.
  • Try to file your taxes early — before a scammer can.
  • Continue to check your credit reports at annualcreditreport.com. You can order a free report from each of the three credit reporting companies once a year.

Credit or debit card info leaked

  • Contact your bank or credit card company to cancel your card and request a new one.
  • Review your transactions regularly. Make sure no one misused your card.
  • Check your credit report at annualcreditreport.com

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Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber in 2016. Nexter tells you what to do after this data Breach.
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