By Petya Plachkova
INVESTIGATORS are working on finding out how many Uber users in Britain were affected by the breach of data back in October 2016, but was covered up.
In an admission made by the US firm’s chief executive on Tuesday, it was revealed that a third party had been infiltrated by cyber criminals.
Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, said two individuals outside the company “inappropriately accessed user data” in late 2016.
The data included names, mobile numbers and email addresses of the users as well as the personal information of 600,000 drivers in the US.
Now after knowing about the breach users are concerned about their personal information, and are having second thoughts about using the app’s services.
Thomas Swarbrick, 28, says: “I feel betrayed. From now on I would probably see if there are other taxi services that I could use. But I will definitely use Uber less, especially in England.”
Benjamin Swarbrick, 24, says: “I felt it was untrustworthy they covered it up, and I think they have more to hide.”
But would they still use it despite knowing about the breach?
Benjamin shares that he will continue using the app’s services “as London cabs are double the price.”
Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “These are obviously concerning reports and the National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with domestic and international agencies, including the National Crime Agency and the Information Commissioner’s Office, to investigate if and how this breach has affected people in the UK.
“It is a worldwide incident and it is unclear at this stage which countries were affected by the hack.
“What we do know is, based on current information, we have not seen evidence that financial details have been compromised.”
Mr Khosrowshahi ensures the there is “no indication” that the hackers have access to the trip history, credit card details, bank account numbers or dates of birth.
He wrote in a blog post: “At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorised access by the individuals.
“We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed.”