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Uber Notifies 156 Thousand Brazilian Users of Data Leak that Took Place in 2016

04/13/2018 - 11h17

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FROM SÃO PAULO

Uber has started to notify the 156 thousand Brazilians who were affected by the company's data leak back in 2016. In an email sent to users, the company admitted that names, email addresses and cell phone numbers associated with their accounts were obtained.

The company has claimed that experts hired by the company have not identified any signs indicating that travel location history, credit card numbers, bank accounts or dates of birth were downloaded.

Additionally, the company has stated that it has not identified any signs of fraud or misuse of the data.

When news of the leak came out, Uber was accused of having paid hackers to cover up the security breach for over a year. The company paid hackers R$ 100 thousand (US$ 29.3 thousand) so they could destroy data stolen from its 57 million users.

The Brazilians who were affected by the leak were notified following an agreement that was signed between Uber and the Commission for the Protection of Personal Data, which belongs to the Public Prosecutor's Office in the Federal District.

"We are continuing to monitor the accounts that were affected - however, there has been no indication of fraud or misuse of information connected to this incident," the company said in a statement that it sent to Folha.

In the letter that Uber sent to customers, the company apologized for what it considered an "incident".

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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