Thought of the Day: Why hide a data breach?

November 22 15:58 2017 Print This Article

It was announced yesterday that Uber (US) had tried to conceal a data breach that affected 57 million customers and drivers around the world. Uber paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep quiet about it. The cyber attack happened in October 2016, but it was only exposed over a year later.

At some point, someone thought they could get away with hiding the breach. And for some time, they did! Obviously Uber are now in a much worse position than if they had just followed the correct procedures by notifying the regulators and the affected individuals at the time. They’ve been caught out and appear untrustworthy. The fact that there are data breach procedures is a sign that breaches, to some extent, are expected to happen. The solution is to hold your hands up, admit that you have been a victim, and work together with the experts to make sure it doesn’t happen again – to you or to anyone else.

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