Australia had 1.2 million Uber users affected by company’s data hack
Uber’s once secret data breach affected 57 million customers globally, but it’s only recently we’ve seen how the hack is affecting specific markets.
In Australia, the company’s local arm revealed 1.2 million customers were affected by the data breach, as per a report by the Australian Financial Review.
An Uber spokesperson confirmed the number to Mashable. The number was given to the Australian Privacy Commissioner, and was “an approximate figure because the app does not always record the country code where a customer lives,” according to the newspaper.
“We take this matter very seriously and we are happy to answer any questions regulators may have. We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to regain the trust of consumers,” an Uber spokesperson added.
In the UK, the number of Uber accounts affected by the breach has been quoted at 2.7 million.
As Uber stated in relation to the breach, outside forensic experts have not seen an indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were downloaded.
However, some names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of the 57 million Uber users affected were downloaded by two people outside the company.
“We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection,” the statement reads.