Ridesharing service provider Uber on Friday revealed that its database was breached by an “unauthorized third party” in May 2014, leading to the compromise of its driver data.
In an official blog post, the mobile-app-based transportation network provider said that the security breach was discovered by them last September.
As soon as the discovery was spotted, the company immediately made changes to the access protocols for the database and initiated an in-depth probe into the hack, according to the blog post.
Katherine Tassi, managing counsel of data privacy at Uber, said, “A small percentage of current and former Uber driver partner names and license numbers of the drivers were contained in the database. We are notifying impacted drivers, but we have not received any reports of actual misuse of information as a result of this incident.”
According to the company, the outside intrusion into the company’s database took place on May 13 last year.
Calling the incident a one-time access of unauthorized party into company’s database, Tassi said, “It impacted nearly 50,000 drivers across multiple states.”
The transportation network company is also recommending its small percentage of affected drivers “to monitor their credit reports for fraudulent accounts or transactions.”
The firm said it has been offering the affected drivers a one-year membership to “ProtectMyID Alert from Experian” at absolutely free of charge.
Uber has also issued notification letters for those whose data have also got compromised in the hack. More information can be sought after calling at (877) 297-7780.