Lawsuit filed against Uber for massive data breach

Lawsuit filed against Uber for massive data breach

"We make no excuses for the previous failure to disclose the data breach", West wrote in a statement to the Tribune-Review. A lawsuit filed Monday alleges Uber broke two state laws and compromised the identities of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

"Uber violated Pennsylvania law by failing to put our residents on timely notice of this massive data breach", Shapiro said in a statement.

The names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million riders and seven million drivers were compromised in October 2016.

The suit represents the first time Shapiro is suing under that statute on consumers' behalf.

Under the law, the Attorney General's office may seek remedies of up to $1,000 for each violation.

Additionally, Uber is accused based on its actions surrounding the breach of "fraudulent or deceptive conduct which creates a likelihood of confusion or misunderstanding" under Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law [text].

Attorney General Shapiro's Bureau of Consumer Protection began investigating the Uber breach as soon as the company publicly disclosed it last fall.

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At least 43 states are now investigating the Uber breach, Mr. Shapiro's office said Monday.

Joe Grace, a spokesman for Shapiro's office said the attorney general stands by the lawsuit.

After learning about the breach, Khosrowshahi opened an investigation into how the company handled the incident and fired two people who handled the response process, including Joe Sullivan, Uber's chief security officer.

"When it learned about the 2016 Data Breach, Uber did not notify law enforcement authorities or consumers about the breach", the lawsuit says.

"The more personal information these criminals gain access to, the more vulnerable the person whose information was stolen becomes", Shapiro said.

Uber has come under fire for acknowledging the incident in November 2017 more than a year after the fact and admitting to having paid the hackers to allegedly destroy the data stolen.

An Uber spokesperson said the company has been proactive in cooperating with investigations by Shapiro and other attorneys general. Last month, for instance, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of a cybersecurity task force to look into a wide range of threats, including "theft of corporate, governmental, and private information on a mass scale". The more you know. "While we dispute the accuracy of some of the characterizations in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's lawsuit, we will continue to cooperate with them and ask only that we be treated fairly".

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