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Uber discloses a 2016 data breach affecting 57M users, after concealing it for a year

On Tuesday, November 21, Uber officially disclosed a massive data breach that affected 57 million users of the ride-hailing app. The breach originally occurred in October of 2016 with Uber working to conceal it for over a year after paying a $100,000 ransom.

Discovery of the company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees who led Uber’s response to the hack, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who was named CEO in August following the departure of founder Travis Kalanick.

Khosrowshahi said he had only recently learned of the breach, which happened in October 2016. He said Uber had begun notifying regulators. The New York attorney general has opened an investigation into the data breach, a spokeswoman said.