Uber paid hackers $100k to cover up cyberattack that exposed 57M customers' information

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Uber reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to cover up a cyberattack that affected 57 million riders and drivers in October 2016, according to Bloomberg.

Hackers reportedly stole names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, as well as the personal information of 7 million drivers, including nearly 600,000 U.S. driver's license numbers. However, no Social Security numbers, credit card information or trip location details were compromised, Uber told Bloomberg.

The attack remained under wraps for just over a year until the ride-hailing company ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in the cover-up. Now, as Uber seeks to build itself back up after a string of controversies, its current leadership says it is opting for transparency.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it," Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO in September, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. "We are changing the way we do business."

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