Passengers and drivers alike recently found out that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to cover up a data breach that compromised the driver and rider accounts of at least 57 million people. We also found out that Uber kept this information secret for more than a year. So how bad is this data breach and what should you do about it? Today, senior RSG contributor Will Preston covers the breach, how it affects drivers and riders, and what you should do today to protect yourself.
Depending on where you read about the Uber data leak, combined with what you already think about Uber’s ethics, you may be anywhere from mildly concerned to completely outraged. As a person who has made most of his living protecting other people’s data, I am much closer to the latter than the former. I will explain why I am so outraged, and give some advice on what to do.
Note: You can read Uber’s official statement about the hacking incident here.