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  • DoaM
    DoaM Posts: 11,863 Forumite
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    And this is a Techie Stuff-related topic how exactly? Did you mean to put it in Motoring?
  • DoaM wrote: »
    And this is a Techie Stuff-related topic how exactly? Did you mean to put it in Motoring?

    In Techie because it involves a cyber attack
  • mchale
    mchale Posts: 1,886 Forumite
    Goes some way to help with all the tax they dont pay
    ANURADHA KOIRALA ??? go on throw it in google.
  • AndyPix
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    MSE_Callum wrote: »
    In Techie because it involves a cyber attack


    Then surely a story about the ins and outs of the cyber attack would be more at home here :huh:


    This isnt a tech story
  • reboot and press f12 ,

    thats the only TECH answer I can think of in this case
  • I'm worried about the cyber attack - what should I do?
    We've asked Uber how customers can check if their data was taken in the attack, and will update this story when we hear back.

    MAJOR UPDATE ALERT !!!!!

    An Uber spokesperson said: "We’re pleased to close this chapter on the data incident from 2016. As we shared with European authorities during their investigations, we’ve made a number of technical improvements to the security of our systems both in the immediate wake of the incident as well as in the years since.

    "We’ve also made significant changes in leadership to ensure proper transparency with regulators and customers moving forward. Earlier this year we hired our first chief privacy officer, data protection officer, and a new chief trust and security officer. We learn from our mistakes and continue our commitment to earn the trust of our users every day."
  • Stoke
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    What frustrates me in this article is Uber's handling of the situation. These aren't hackers, they are crackers..... and those two terms mean very different things. They quite evidently stole the data for nefarious reasons and are the kind of people that need locking up. By paying them off, Uber have simply given them a bribe and this will convince more crackers that blackmail using data is a good idea. It certainly is when companies are willing to hand over 100 grand for you to delete your findings....
  • DoaM
    DoaM Posts: 11,863 Forumite
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    Stoke wrote: »
    It certainly is when companies are willing to hand over 100 grand for you to delete your findings....

    And how does the company even verify that the crackers have done it anyway? Hasn't the company heard of offsite backups? :rotfl:
  • Stoke
    Stoke Posts: 3,182 Forumite
    DoaM wrote: »
    And how does the company even verify that the crackers have done it anyway? Hasn't the company heard of offsite backups? :rotfl:

    I suspect the crackers were forced to sign both NDA's and various contracts. Any sniff that those are broken and they'll be sued so hard that they'll never afford a packet of rice again.

    That said, are such contracts legally enforceable. An NDA is, sure, but the others?
  • DoaM
    DoaM Posts: 11,863 Forumite
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    You're assuming that the company ever found the true identities of the crackers. ;)
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