Uber recently landed in trouble because 57 million of its users had been hacked, and the company spent a bunch of money to deliberately hide that fact from the rest of the world. It worked for a bout a year, but now we all know about it. It's now been announced that of those 57 million, 2.7 million of the affected accounts were based in the UK.
This number has been confirmed by the government's digital minister Matt Hancock, and according to Uber it affected names, email addresses, and phone numbers. The ride-hire company denied that other, more sensitive information like user financial details or location history had been compromised.
According to a statement from Hancock, the Information Commissioner's Office have asked Uber to provide them with technical reports that will be passed onto law enforcement, and ensure that what Uber has said is accurate. Apparently the government expects Uber to fully cooperate in a prompt manner, and ensure that both customers and drivers get the right support.
Ubers users are being encouraged to follow National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) advice on how to ensure their data is kept safe
2.7 million UK accounts were affected by the 2016 @Uber data breach. Our advice;
- Change passwords you used with Uber
- Be alert to phishing emails
- Be vigilant to potential scam calls
- Contact @actionfrauduk if you think you have been victimhttps://t.co/gyIx74aE06pic.twitter.com/ac23c0fpcG
— NCSC UK (@ncsc) November 29, 2017
The statement also says that the government "takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously". Which is one of the funniest things I've heard all week.