Uber Says Hackers Compromised 57 Million Accounts A Year Ago, But It’s Only Telling Users Now

by Ryan Mac on November 21, 2017

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

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Uber Technologies executives concealed a data breach for more than a year that compromised the information of 57 million accounts, the San Francisco ride-hailing company said on Tuesday.

That hack, which occurred in October 2016, exposed users’ names, email addresses, and phone numbers, as well as the names and driver license numbers of 600,000 drivers. Users from around the world were affected, the company said, adding that it had not detected any theft of trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, or birthdates.

“At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. “We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed.”

Khosrowshahi, who assumed the role of Uber CEO in August, also implied he was only just learning of the hack, writing, “You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later. I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation.”

In a year marked by public protest, internal strife, and the ousting of former CEO Travis Kalanick, the revelation that Uber executives concealed a data breach for more than a year will do little to bolster the company’s reputation with customers. Accoording to Bloomberg News, which first reported the story, the company ousted Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and one of his deputies over the incident.

The company advised riders that no action needed to be taken in light of the breach.

“We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident,” the company said in a statement. “We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.”

As for drivers, Uber said it would be notifying those affected by mail or email offering them free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

This is a developing news story.

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FCC Moves To Roll Back Net Neutrality

by Alex Kantrowitz on November 21, 2017

Protestors in support of Net Neutrality

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On Tuesday, the FCC moved to repeal Net Neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or slowing websites, or charging a premium for “fast lanes” for specific services or higher quality streaming.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who Trump appointed this year, officially proposed the revocation of these rules, which treat internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T as public utilities. The rules could be scrapped as soon as this December when the FCC meets to vote on Pai's proposal. The vote is expected to go in favor of Pai's proposal.

“Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades,” Pai said in a statement. “As a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police ISPs, protect consumers, and promote competition.”

Pai and his fellow opponents of Net Neutrality argue that the rules, which were passed under the Obama administration in 2015, hamper competition and lead to worse internet access overall by restricting internet providers' behavior. “These heavy handed regulations have made it harder for the private sector to build out the networks especially in rural America, and so by going back to the previous regulations more, a more light touch approach, the Internet access is going to become better,” Pai told Fox News Radio in an interview.

Supporters of Net Neutrality, on the other hand, argue that the rules are essential for an open, democratic, and competitive internet. Allowing service providers to throttle speeds, or give some sites advantages over others, makes it harder for new entrants to enter the field and ultimately hurts consumers, they say.

“The net neutrality protections have advanced competition and innovation, created more startups and entrepreneurs, and have been judicially approved. Repealing these protections is an assault on what has made the internet what it is… an open and dynamic platform,” California Rep. Anna Eshoo said in a statement.

In July, millions voiced their support of Net Neutrality in a Day of Action meant to show widespread endorsement of the rules. Companies like Netflix, Twitter and Reddit built pro-Net Neutrality elements into their websites and apps that day. But with Pai's move Tuesday, it appears those efforts may largely have been for naught.

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