Uber concealed breach of user's data by paying criminals $146k - report

Uber reportedly paid US$100,00 (NZ$146,000) to hackers to delete data which they had stolen from the company about 57 million of its customers.

Bloomberg reports Uber's former chief executive Travis Kalanick new about the 2016 breach more than a year ago.

Uber said today in a statement that hackers stole the names, addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million users as well as the drivers license numbers and other details of registered drivers.

Uber said earlier this year that it has about 4000 drivers in New Zealand as of May, as well as 300,000 riders.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote on the Uber page that she wanted to be "honest and transparent as we work to repair our past mistakes".

"In late 2016 we became aware that two individuals outside the company had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that we use," he wrote.

"Our outside forensics experts have not seen any indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were downloaded.

"However, the individuals were able to download files containing a significant amount of other information.

"We subsequently identified the individuals and obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed.

"We also implemented security measures to restrict access to and strengthen controls on our cloud-based storage accounts.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it ... while I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes."

Drivers have been offered free credit monitoring protection, but customers have not.




Images released of men wanted over violent Hamilton dairy robbery

Hamilton Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at a Bader Street dairy on Saturday.

Two men entered the dairy about 7.50pm armed with weapons and attacked the shopkeeper.

They then stole tobacco products before fleeing.

Hamilton Police are asking anyone with information on who they could be, or who might have seen anything to get in touch with Detective Constable Mike O'Neil on 07 858 6200.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

Images released by Hamilton Police after an aggravated robbery at a dairy in Bader Street
Images released by Hamilton Police after an aggravated robbery at a dairy in Bader Street. Source: Supplied

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Watch: 'I have no words' - Zimbabwe woman breaks down in tears of joy over Mugabe's resignation live on TV

A Zimbabwe woman has been reduced to tears during a live interview as she reflected on the emotional toll Robert Mugabe's oppressive 37 year reign had on her life and fellow citizens.

Filmed against the the backdrop of the Harare city scape at dusk, the overwhelmed Zimbabwean described Mugabe's resignation today as a "victory for our children".

"I have no words I can't even express myself. It's an amazing feeling, I've go mixed emotions, I ran into the crowd earlier and I was crying and I was screaming because it's an emotional feeling, I can't explain how I feel," the woman said to a BBC reporter.

The woman interviewed said she left Zimbabwe when she was 17, living in the UK for 10 years, before returning to her native country for the last eight years.

Since her return, the woman said she has seen "nothing but the worst in our country". 

"We did not want Mugabe at all. We are tired of this man, we are so glad he's gone. We don't want him anymore and, yes, today it's victory," she said.

"It's victory in our hearts, it's victory for our children."

The woman could then not go on with the interview, as she broke down in tears. 

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe today resigned in a letter to the country's parliament.