Published Date : Nov 27, 2017
Just when you thought Uber was about to enter a bright new future, after its previous CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down on account of a spate of allegations against the company for sexual misconduct, another scandal hit the cab aggregating giant. The company’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who succeeded Kalanick, revealed a short while back that the ride hailing app had to pay hackers a staggering US$100,000 to destroy the stolen data and not breathe a word about it.
The untoward incident occurred more than a year ago, yet Khosrowshahi, hailed by the media as astute and gentle, took many months to bring it to the fore. This naturally led to many enquiries over why he waited for so long to disclose such a crucial matter.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, for example, has already begun investigating the seriousness of the cyber-attack. Most recently, the Mexican authorities jumped on to the bandwagon too.
Mexican Transparency Body Wishes to Gauge the Extent of Damage
Mexico’s transparency body called The National Institute of Transparency, on Sunday, announced its intention of seeking information from Uber about the consequences of a large data breach. With the information it would try to arrive at the number of drivers, users, and employees affected in Mexico. The body also wishes to learn about the steps initiated by UBER to contain the damage and thwart such breaches from occurring in the future.
Meanwhile, Uber on its part, has clarified that no historical information pertaining to trips, birth dates, credit card numbers, or social security numbers got exposed in the breach.