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Uber says 1.2 million Australian accounts were breached and another reason to catch a taxi

In the Financial Review on Dec 1 2017 at 4:38 PM  Updated Dec 1 2017 at 4:45 PM the article states that Uber says 1.2 million Australian accounts were breached in worldwide hackShare via EmailShare on Google PlusPost on facebook wallShare on twitterPost to LinkedinShare on Reddit.
Rideshare2Uber has put a local number on the extent of its belatedly revealed hack, admitting that 1.2 million Australians were likely to have had their private details breached when hackers breached its systems in late 2016.
In a statement on Friday afternoon the ride-sharing company said it had informed the Australian Privacy Commissioner of the number, which it said was an approximate figure because the app does not always record the country code where a customer lives.
The global breach was covered up by the company for more than a year, before a media expose led to it conceding that the names, emails and mobile numbers of 57 million users worldwide, as well as driver’s licence numbers of Uber drivers, had been breached.
The company’s statement said it had used outside forensic experts to assess the damage of the hack and that they had not seen any indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or dates of birth were downloaded in the breach.
Uber founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick knew about the breach a year ago. 
“We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident. We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection,” the statement said.
Upon news breaking of the breach, Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the company had fired its chief security officer Joe Sullivan, along with one of his deputies, after it was discovered the pair had paid the hackers $US100,000 ($130,000) to delete the data and not publicise the breach in the media, or inform the regulators.
Mr Khosrowshahi was appointed after Uber founder Travis Kalanick was forced to step down amid ongoing allegations of internal cultural problems including sexual harassment and bullying at the company. Mr Kalanick had been informed of the breach one month after it occurred and the company is eager to show that it is changing the way it operates.

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