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Uber disguised $100,000 hacker payoff as bug bounty, claims Reuters


Remember the 2017 Uber breach?

The one that was actually discovered in 2016, except that Uber conveniently forgot about it for a year before admitting, “Well, yes, now you mention it, some records did get taken.”

57,000,000 records in all, apparently, including – for Uber drivers, at least – data such as driving licence and vehicle registration details.

From a regulatory point of view, Uber ought to have reported this breach promptly in many jurisdictions around the world, rather than hushing it up; in the UK, for example, the Information Commissioner’s Office has variously stated:

Uber’s announcement about a concealed data breach last October raises huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics. [2017-11-22T10:00Z]It’s always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers. Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher...(continued)
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