Friday, 24 November 2017

Uber's massive data breach and Singapore 'phantom' ride cases not related

Uber has "no reason to believe" that the massive global data breach it suffered in 2016 is linked to the "phantom" rides being reported by some Singapore users, the ride-sharing company said.

"We have no reason to believe these two events are linked," an Uber spokesperson said in response to queries from Channel NewsAsia.

On Tuesday, Uber disclosed that hackers had stolen the personal data of about 57 million riders and drivers of the service in 2016, and that the company had kept the breach for more than a year after paying a US$100,000 ransom.

The news came a day after Channel NewsAsia reported that several Uber users in Singapore had complained this month of being charged for rides they never took, often in faraway places and in foreign currencies.

For your own safety, Singaporeans having Uber account, in my opinion, should change your passward immediately or cancel your Uber account if you are not using Uber anymore. Talk to your bank on changing your credit card too.

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