Uber Data Breach Hits 800K Canadians
In October 2016, some 57 million Uber accounts were compromised in a global data breach. Uber Canada has now issued a statement counting some 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers among that number.
The news of the 815,000 Canadian accounts affected coincided with news that the federal privacy commissioner will launch a formal investigation into the breach. (Canadian Press).
Uber Canada confirmed that information obtained includes names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers from the accounts. Their investigation has not confirmed whether location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or dates of birth were captured. (CBC).
The Uber cyber attack is the latest high profile data breach to affect Canadians. In September, news broke that 100,000 Canadians had their information stolen in the Equifax breach. In June, 1.9 million Bell Canada customers had their email addresses stolen as part of a string of cyber attacks that represented the world's largest ransomware attack of encrypted data, to date.
‘’Never has there been a year of more cyber attacks – both in frequency and size – as 2017,’’ Matthew Alston, COO of Surex, said. ‘’For businesses of any size, it is imperative to do all you can to protect your customers, and yourselves, from threats and data breaches. Cyber coverage is now a must have with your commercial policy.’’