Uber Data Breach

With more than 2.69 million Uber users in Australia, it is very likely that the recent security breach reached our shores.

More than one in 10 Australians almost certainly had their personal information stolen by criminals in an astonishing hack on Uber accounts that the ride-sharing giant covered up for more than a year.

The multibillion-dollar company revealed the information of 57 million customers and drivers had been compromised in the data theft, which it then tried to cover up by paying a $US100,000 ransom to the perpetrators in a move new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi admitted “should not have happened”.

And tonight, Uber confirmed Australian customers’ personal information had been stolen in the hack and informed the Privacy Commissioner.

The cybersecurity failure was exposed just months before new Australians laws force companies to reveal data breaches to consumers, though exclusive research from ESET will on Thursday reveal 60 per cent of organisations did not plan to reveal data thefts immediately.

With such breaches predicted to rise, our CTO Jason Edelstein said greater attention needed to be paid to “properly” enforcing the regulations when introduced, as having even basic personal information stolen could have dire consequences for consumers. For more information on how to protect yourself from a potential cyberattack read the article here.