Uber Hack


I’m sure you’ve heard about the Uber hack. No, not a hack of outstanding proportions (well, maybe it was). It was a hack of Uber, the company, which employs private contractors to scoot you around town in their personal cars.

Uber has had some bad press lately, so you may be thinking, “good. Screw those guys.” Not so fast. If you use Uber, this hack hit you.

Just like hackers broke into Equifax and stole your information, they did the same thing with Uber. Hackers stole personal data from 57 million customers and drivers. Uber says they got names, phone numbers, email addresses, and driver license numbers. What do you want to bet they got credit card information also? Uber wouldn’t be sneaky and lie to us, would they? They’re honest, right?

No, they’re not. They concealed the hack for over a year and even paid a ransom of $100,000 to the hackers. The hackers assured Uber they destroyed all the information. Golly, don’t you feel better now? We can all sleep at night and enjoy our turkey and pumpkin pie today without worrying about hackers having our info. If you believe that then you probably believe stuffing a duck inside a turkey is a good idea too.

There’s a reason you don’t pay ransoms. That reason is, if you pay it once then you’re gonna pay it twice, and probably a third time, and a fourth, etc. You’d probably figure out the duck/turkey thing is a bad idea after only one time. Paying ransoms encourages the hackers to steal from other companies. The lesson the hackers learned is, hacking pays.

I’m just speculating here, but what if the hackers were North Korea? Uber may have just financed their next rocket. Good job, Uber.

Uber may not be alone. Last year, a medical center in Los Angeles paid hackers $17,000 to stop messing their stuff up. How many other companies have paid off hackers? Here’s the most bothersome part, other than your credit card being stolen and North Korea having a new rocket….these companies aren’t paying so much to be left alone or to retrieve information. They’re paying so the hack isn’t made public.

Hacks destroy public confidence. It makes customers wary of giving up their information. It makes stocks go down. In Uber’s case, it also tells cities that Uber can’t self-regulate, can’t manage their own data, and can’t be trusted with public safety. Uber’s business model is convincing local governments that they shouldn’t be subject to the same kinds of regulations as conventional taxi companies. Concealing the hack was Uber’s way of concealing they’re an inept organization.

Regulators can slap companies with millions in fines if they fail to notify the proper authorities of security breaches, and that’s what they should do to Uber. Uber, along with Equifax, needs to be slapped around.

When I do business with a company I like to think I can trust them. Uber has proven to me they can’t be trusted.

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  1. I believe that the proper procedure is to stuff a Chicken inside a Duck and then stuff the Duck inside a Turkey. It’s called a TurDucKen, and my first exposure to this Miracle of Modern Cuisine was on an episode of St. Elsewhere (or one of the other semi-comical semi-bizarre medical programs on the air at that time).

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  2. BTW- I haven’t bothered to find out WHY they chose the name “UBER” in the first place. Do they WANT people to think of “Deuchland Uber Alles” and all the fun memories that dredges up?
    Another Nail in the Coffin of their Corporate Reputation.

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  3. Of course you can trust the people who broke the law, invaded the privacy of your customers & independent contractors, &, essentially, broke into your company. Why wouldn’t they keep their word & delete the information instead of selling it? *rolls eyes*

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    1. BTW- I just saw your reply to my reply to your post with the link to Rep DelBene’s video, and in case you haven’t checked back on it lately, here’s my reply to your reply to my reply:

      Re: The fact that BOTH of your parents were teachers, did you notice that one of the comments, on the Facebook page where you found the video, pointed out that in Rep DelBene’s questions, the Teacher was a Man and the Firefighter was a Woman?
      Nice Touch.

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      1. I did see it! I’m a few days behind on replying to comments, but I appreciate reading yours so much. Maybe that’s why I put off reading them – I’m savoring the moment.

        (That last sentence is a bit hyperbolic. My cat was sick, it was Thanksgiving, & I had to do some car stuff. LOL 😉 )

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