Uber has got rid of its chief security officer and announced that his team paid off hackers who stole data belonging to 57 million users. The ride-hailing app’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.” Former CSO, Joe Sullivan, presided over a loss of the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers belonging to Uber drivers and passengers, according to Bloomberg. Mr Sullivan’s team then paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data instead of notifying the victims. Uber’s former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, learned of the hack in 2016, according to Bloomberg – seven months before a shareholder revolt forced him to quit1 and replaced him with Mr Khosrowshahi. “At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorised access by the individuals,” said Mr Khosrowshahi. Uber says it does not believe its customers need to take any action.
Image: ‘None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,’ said Uber’s CEO
“We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident,” says a help page on its site.
“We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.” Mr Khosrowshahi said the data had been stolen from a “third-party cloud-based service” – understood to be Amazon Web Services, which the attackers accessed using legitimate passwords stolen via coding website Github. “We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed”.
The chief executive, who joined the company in August, added in his statement: “You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later. “I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it. “While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”
Image: Details of the hack come as Uber fights against the loss of its London licence
The data breach comes as Uber looks to improve its image after bad publicity during the tenure of Uber’s founder Travis Kalanick, and the decision by transport bosses in London to take away its licence. Mr Kalanick was ousted as chief executive in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits. Uber’s new boss said the company was now working with regulators on the breach and notifying drivers whose licence numbers were downloaded – as well as giving them credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
A review of its security is also taking place in conjunction with Matt Olsen, a former National Security Agency general counsel and cybersecurity expert.
The moment the news broke on Halloween that an Uzbek in a rental truck had just killed eight people on New York s West Side cycle path, my heart sank . Now, you might think that any decent human being I marginally qualify would be profoundly saddened by the pointless murder of folks merely out enjoying a city s recreational facilities on a crisp autumn day . But that wasn t it. Or you might think since I spend a fair whack of the year in New York, where as usual I get everywhere by bike that I might be concerned about becoming a terrorist target myself . I use that bike path constantly in summer . Had the attack occurred earlier in the year, one of those victims could have been me . But that wasn t it, either.
Maybe this means I don t qualify as decent after all, but what plunged me into despair was the immediate certainty that the powers-that-be would rush to utterly destroy a vital transportation route in the name of protecting it. And wasn t I right . In fact, New York s heavy-handed security measures for that bike path, under way two days later, have proven even worse than I expected: more clumsy, more poorly thought-out, more visually grotesque, more damaging to the whole purpose of that pathway, and get this more dangerous.
Let s fill in the picture . Running the length of Manhattan alongside the Hudson River, the West Side bikeway is the busiest cycle route in North America . Officially, it s intermittently mixed use, but in practice it s entirely mixed use . Runners, the weaving walkers praying over mobiles and the parents with strollers the size of five-bed caravans never notice that the city has built them an entire parallel walkway, replete with comely landscaping, where their dreamy ambling would not impede two-wheelers who actually need to get somewhere. Pathway crowding has grown vastly more intense since the introduction of thousands of Citi Bikes, which tourists prefer to ride in chatty phalanxes of five across . Thus even before this horrific Halloween trick, for commuting cyclists to keep up a steady clip on a two-way, 10ft-wide path required the driving dexterity of Steve McQueen in Bullitt.
Yet in pursuit of that eternally receding Valhalla of perfect safety, New York authorities have now inserted massive concrete blockers at 56 intersections in the five miles from W .
59th Street to the Battery, the bikeway s most heavily travelled segment . Some bright spark originally demanded that these 10ft-long, 2ft-wide barriers be angled to obstruct entire lanes, but now adjacent pairs of these monsters sit in the middle of the path with squat orange barrels at either end, leaving barely enough room on each side for a single bicycle to thread through these pinch points , in transport jargon . Those wide-load strollers will never fit. Before Halloween, I d already had plenty of brushes with mortality on this jam-packed thoroughfare, and had witnessed multiple bike accidents of a most grisly nature . Now that the artery looks like the aftermath of an asteroid collision, cyclists trying to get to work on time are bound to rack up more casualties than Isis ever could . It would actually be safer to break out the diggers and crack the path into landfill .
Either that, or cyclists return to the taxis, buses, lorries, and hot-dog carts on 10th and 11th Avenues, leaving the so-called bikeway to the tourists on foot, who can pick their way between the boulders as if visiting the set of a disaster movie. Although Mayor de Blasio claims this obstacle course is a short-term solution , in my experience the average short-term solution lasts about as long as the Appian Way. Municipal overreaction to single acts of terrorism is not restricted to New York . After the attack on London Bridge in June, overnight the Met plunked 2ft-wide, waist-high steel barriers along both sides of every major bridge across the Thames siting these crude, hideous metal walls smack in the bike lanes, so you could forgive cyclists for feeling a little picked-on . In London, too, gigantic black hostile vehicle mitigation measures chunky, disc-shaped monstrosities that jar glaringly with the historical architecture have cropped up like evil robotic mushrooms around Hyde Park Corner, Buckingham Palace, and St James s Park.
And never mind us whinge-bag cyclists . Security barriers in response to the terrorism-on-the-cheap vehicular fad are installed with no consideration for motorists, either . Like many other carelessly butchered intersections, the pinch point on Birdcage Walk backs up traffic for blocks. Right, government must do something , or at least be seen to . Yet officialdom s response to an individual incident is too often conceived in a spirit of hysteria, with a short-sighted eye to preventing another attack that hews to the exact specifics of the last one .
But cities have not been designed to protect their populations from homicidal drivers . The measures required to stop vehicles mounting the pavement altogether would entail civic vandalism on an aesthetically disastrous and economically ruinous scale . Yes, take a few precautions to reduce obvious vulnerabilities where crowds gather, but only after intelligent consideration of tasteful options that preserve functionality . Instead we are clogging our cities with permanent Brutalist monuments to the power of the malevolent accelerator. Overkill safety measures (see: airport security) constitute terrorism s most enduring triumph .
As the Uzbek recovered from an NYPD gunshot wound after his rampage, hospital staff reported that the rejoicing Sayfullo Saipov felt accomplished .
Should that cretin get a look at my bike path now strewn with cement cubes, barrels and barriers that stop not only hostile vehicles but everyone else he would feel only more so.
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