Ride-hailing giant Uber has suffered a data breach, with hackers accessing the personal information of its drivers, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. The breach was discovered by law firm Genova Burns, which is representing the drivers in a class-action lawsuit against Uber. The firm’s systems were breached, and the hackers stole a vast amount of data related to the lawsuit.
The Register reported on a security breach notification that was sent to impacted drivers by the legal firm Genova Burns. In a letter addressed to affected clients, Genova Burns explained that they received the data as part of their legal representation of Uber Technologies, Inc. Upon learning of the event, Genova Burns immediately investigated to determine the nature and scope of the incident and secured the environment by changing all system passwords. They also notifiied law enforcement and are cooperating with its investigation. The law firm will be taking additional steps to improve security and better help protect against similar incidents in the future.
The breach has raised serious concerns about the security of sensitive information, especially in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches and cyberattacks. The incident has also raised questions about the security measures in place at law firms, which are often entrusted with sensitive information.
“The unauthorized access to this data is a clear violation of privacy and security, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that it does not happen again,” said a spokesperson for Uber. “We are currently investigating the breach and working closely with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”
The data breach is yet another blow for Uber, which has faced a number of challenges in recent years, including legal battles, regulatory hurdles, and controversies over its business practices. The company has been working to improve its image and regain the trust of its customers, but this latest breach is likely to set back those efforts.
The affected drivers have been notified of the breach, and Uber has advised them to be vigilant against phishing scams and other types of cyberattacks that could result from the exposure of their personal information. The company has also promised to take all necessary steps to prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.