Recently Malaysians are no strangers to data leaks thanks to several issues which was reported by Lowyat.Net. Even large tech companies and governments do fall prey to hackers and the key is that whether can the entity learn from their mistake and take sufficient action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again or gets fined by some regulatory body. Thanks to a report by Bloomberg, it came to light that Uber did get a breach of their security and data was leaked.
This happened last year before Dara Khosrowshahi was made CEO and the chief of security, as well as his deputy, was recently let go due to the entire cover-up which also included a payment of $100,000 to the hackers to ensure that the data was deleted. In the report, data of up to 57 million customers and drivers were leaked out.
Thankfully under the guidance of newly appointed CEO, Uber has released a statement to say that this is definitely behind them and the era of hiding key issues like this is over. In the light of the breach, Uber has hired new people in order to restructure their security teams.
“At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals,” Khosrowshahi said. “We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.
But it shows that not everyone is safe and so is their data. In a world of digital everything, perhaps we have to think about the kind of data we would like to share these days. One colleague of mine did suggest having multiple cards for different purposes in order to minimise the risk.