Firms warned vs dealing with hackers after Uber attack


Posted at Nov 23 2017 04:44 PM

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MANILA - An internet security provider on Thursday warned companies against dealing with cyber-criminals after ride-sharing service Uber was found to have paid hackers to destroy data that was stolen from 57 million users.

Uber's payment of $100,000 (P5 million) was like giving in to "extortion," Trend Micro technical communications lead Paul Oliviera told ANC's Market Edge.

"The fact that they were able to ask a certain amount of money suggest that they have a motive on possibly leaking information," Oliviera said.

Avoiding cyberattacks should be a priority for companies who collect data because once illegally acquired, there’s no proof that data can be destroyed permanently, he said.