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UK slams Uber with £385,000 fine for data theft



UK slams Uber with £385,000 fine for data theft

Ride-hailing company Uber has been fined £385,000 for letting hackers steal data on 2.7 million UK customers.

The full names, addresses and phone numbers of users went astray in the 2016 attack.

The data had been stolen thanks to “avoidable data security flaws”, said the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Uber has also been fined 600,000 euros (£532,000) by data regulators in Holland over the same breach, as it also affected 174,000 Dutch customers.

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“This was not only a serious failure of data security on Uber’s part but a complete disregard for the customers and drivers whose personal information was stolen,” said Steve Eckersley, director of investigations at the ICO.

Uber had done nothing to alert people that data had been downloaded or to support people affected, he added.

Customers whose data had been stolen had been left at “increased risk of fraud”, he said.

The details on 2.7 million customers were part of a massive cache of information on 57 million people taken by the hacker group in October and November 2016.

Uber paid the attackers $100,000 (£78,400) to destroy the data they took.

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