- The breach occurred in October 2016 and we are just finding out about it now - over a year later.
- The breach contained details of 57 million riders worldwide.
- The information included names, email addresses, and phone numbers – Personally Identifiable Information in the simplest form.
- Approximately 600,000 driver’s licenses were exposed as well and Uber failed to notify any local or state governments of the compromise despite legal obligations to do so
- The company paid a ransom of $100,000 to the hackers to delete the breached information and keep the incident quiet.
- The company has chosen to go public now under new leadership since they were under privacy investigations at the time of the breach and choose to hide the incident.
- The breach occurred due to a failure to secure credentials on a Github site used by engineers. This was then leveraged using stolen privileges to gain access to Amazon AWS instances that support Uber. An archive file was then compromised containing the data.
- Uber maintains none of the stolen information has been used in any other attacks or incidents (for now).
- Uber agreed to an FTC settlement three months ago over privacy concerns, without admitting wrongdoing, and before telling the agency about the breach – thus completely misleading the government!
Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors (2 Editions), Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. In 2018, Bomgar acquired BeyondTrust and retained the BeyondTrust name. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust strategy for privileged access management and remote access solutions. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.