Filipinos' personal info 'exposed' in Uber hack: gov't watchdog


Posted at Nov 28 2017 12:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 28 2017 01:12 PM

MANILA - Filipinos were among those affected by a massive hack at ride-sharing service Uber that exposed the personal information of 57 million users, a government internet watchdog said Tuesday.

However there was "no indication" that trip details, credit card numbers, bank details, drivers license details and dates of birth were downloaded, National Privacy Commission chairman Raymund Liboro said in a statement.

Liboro was quoting Uber's reply to the NPC in connection with the hack that occurred in October 2016 but was revealed only this month.

"Uber confirmed to us that personal information of Filipinos were exposed in the data breach," Liboro said.

The company did not elaborate on the scale of the hack, but said it involved 2 individuals "outside Uber" and 2 employees that were no longer with the company.

Uber's attempt to conceal the hack "bears serious consequences" under Philippine law, Liboro said.

The company had admitted that it paid 2 hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen data and keep the matter a secret.

Liboro said the NPC was coordinating with US and Australian authorities in its ongoing investigation.