Uber is certainly not the first business that has fallen foul of security breaches, nor will it be the last.
However, what makes the recent breach to their site more astonishing is that they paid the hackers a ransom to keep the breach under wraps breaking the first rule of never paying a ransom.
Alarmingly, it is now 12 months since the breach happened which means that your personal data could be being sold on the dark web.
Also, the fact that Uber paid a ransom by no means guarantees that the stolen data can’t continue to be used or that the site can’t be accessed again with further plans of extortion.
Uber’s credibility must come into question with this attempt to sweep things under the carpet. All businesses have an obligation to inform customers when there is a security breach.
If you are an Uber user you should take the following steps to try and protect your data before any further damage can be done:
- Update the password on your Uber account. Here are some tips for creating a secure password.
- Always use a different password for each of your online account.
- Be wary of any emails you receive, look out for anything unusual in the emails, such as typos, grammatical error or strange phrases. Never click on links or open an attachment if an email seems “off”.
- Delete any emails that ask you for account or personal information.
- Keep an eye on your online accounts for any suspicious activity and contact the provider immediately.