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>> Uber on its back foot again, this time for paying $100,000 to hackers to delete stolen data and keep quiet about it. The data breach last year exposed 57 million users of the ride hailing service. The announcement coming Tuesday from Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Brought in this summer to clean up the company struggling with claims of sexual misconduct is a series of crises that led to the departure of founder Travis Kalanick.
Reuters reporter, Heather Somerville.>> It's unclear exactly what the implications will be for Uber, but certainly, covering up a data breach that affected 57 million people is going to have repercussions. Now, it's become increasing common for companies to pay hackers to delete data that's been put out there because it was stolen.
But it's unheard of for a company to do that in order to keep the hack a secret from regulators and cover themselves for this. So that's really unchartered territory. Now I do know from speaking to the New York Attorney General's Office today that they have opened and investigation into the data breach.
We expect other Attorney General's Offices to be doing the same.>> In a blog post, Khosrowshahi saying quote, none of this should have happened and I will not make excuses for it. While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.
We are changing the way we do business. The new CEO said he had only recently learned of the incident and the two employees who lead Uber's response to the incident, have left the company as a result. Uber saying that names and drivers license numbers of some 600,000 of the company's U.S. drivers were also downloaded.
User's names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses were also accessed. But outside forensic experts at Hired haven't seen any indication that credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers, or dates of birth were downloaded.