50,000 Uber Drivers Had Their Personal Data Compromised

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On this week's edition of Late Friday News Dump: Uber's driver database was accessed by an unknown third party, compromising the personal information of about 50,000 drivers. So far there have been no reports of unauthorized use of the information.

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The "unauthorized third party" accessed the information all the way back in May of 2014. And according to the Los Angeles Times, Uber discovered that the information had been accessed in September of last year. So far Uber is only claiming that names and driver's license numbers were accessed.

The company isn't giving out any more information, explaining that it's an "ongoing investigation," but it seems rather curious that they wouldn't have done this five months ago when they learned about the hack. Uber says that it's reaching out to drivers about the breach and the company is apparently offering one year of identity protection services to its drivers.

What should consumers do? The average Uber rider isn't directly affected by this latest data breach. But deleting Uber from your phone wouldn't be a bad idea. All I'm saying is that it couldn't hurt.

[Uber; Los Angeles Times]

DISCUSSION

You know, I'm an avid Uber rider who loves the service in every way, who has never, in all my thousands of dollars spent with them had any issues of any kind.

Every time I see some site post something negative about Uber, I go back to what I know - it is still a far better system than ANY Taxi Cab company around today, in any city I've visited, can or will provide.

For every negative post I've read on Uber, I would bet a months wages there are ten times ten more negativity surrounding Taxi Cabs, anywhere. DO we hear about that though? No. Ever wonder why? Not really, as negative press pays the bills better than positive press for "journalism."