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Chicago, Cook County sues Uber for concealing data breech

Chicago, Cook County sues Uber for concealing data breech

Separately, prosecutors in the U.S. have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals.

The Article 29 Working Party, an advisory committee composed of data privacy watchdogs from each member state in the European Union, said after a meeting in Brussels that it had established a task force to coordinate national investigations into the breach that Uber says affected 57 million users worldwide. With investigations under way by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, and NY, there will likely be more on this front soon.

It's the first time an exact figure has been given for the United Kingdom specifically after the hack, in which information such as email addresses, names, and phone numbers were leaked.

Under Washington law, the breach of names, phone numbers and addresses does not require notification, Ferguson said, but the driver's license numbers do. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

The story was first broken by Bloomberg, which reported that Uber not only sought to cover up the incident but also paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the data they had stolen. Violations carry fines of up to US$2,000, and Ferguson said each day Uber failed to notify each customer constitutes a violation. Under such a theory, he argues that Uber should face a penalty of several millions of dollars.

Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach
YURI GRIPAS REUTERS Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach

"Uber users should continue to be vigilant and follow the advice from the NCSC, which can be found on its website".

The breach saw details of 57 million accounts compromised, and Uber has been heavily criticised for not admitting sooner that its systems had been hacked, and for paying off those responsible.

Ferguson announced the state's lawsuit hours after developments in a California court case revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said in a written statement: "The government expects Uber to respond fully to the incident with the urgency it demands and to provide the appropriate support to its customers and drivers in the UK".

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