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EU privacy regulators to discuss Uber hack next week


BRUSSELS European Union privacy regulators will discuss ride-hailing app Uber's [UBER.UL] massive data breach cover-up next week and could create a task-force to coordinate investigations.

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Uber's messy data breach collides with launch of SoftBank deal 3:02am GMT

TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO A newspaper advertisement for an Uber Technologies Inc stock sale was juxtaposed on Wednesday with a report that the ride-service provider had covered up a data hack - something of a metaphor for Uber, a company with boundless investor interest, but whose penchant for rule-breaking has led to a series of scandals.

FTC says it is evaluating 'serious issues' raised in Uber's handling of a data breach 22 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON The Federal Trade Commission, which investigates companies accused of being sloppy with consumer data, said it was "closely evaluating the serious issues" raised in Uber's [UBER.UL] handling of its hack last year, an FTC spokesman said on Wednesday.

Regulators to press Uber after it admits covering up data breach 22 Nov 2017

TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO Struggling ride-hailing firm Uber [UBER.UL] faces a fresh regulatory crackdown after disclosing it paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed personal data from around 57 million accounts. | Video

Uber says it will cooperate with data breach probes 22 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Wednesday that it has been in touch with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several states to discuss a hack last year that exposed data on millions of customers and drivers, the latest scandal to rock the ride-hailing firm.

Breakingviews - Uber cover-up makes new boss's job even harder 22 Nov 2017

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Travis Kalanick has a lot to answer for at Uber Technologies. Sure, he founded the revolutionary ride-hailing service and built it into a global business. But the legacy of irresponsibility while he served as chief executive has cast a shadow over the company’s future.

Connecticut attorney general investigating Uber breach: spokeswoman 22 Nov 2017

Connecticut is investigating a computer breach at car hailing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] that the company said it covered up after it was discovered in late 2016, a spokeswoman for state attorney general George Jepsen told Reuters on Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Pallone urges hearing, FTC probe of Uber handling of data breach 22 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Frank Pallone called on Wednesday for a hearing into Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] handling of a breach that exposed data about drivers and riders.

Senator Blumenthal urges FTC to probe Uber's handling of breach 22 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] decision to pay off hackers behind a massive data breach without warning customers or drivers, which he called "inexplicable."

German cyber agency calls for authority to hack back: Spiegel 22 Nov 2017

FRANKFURT Germany spy agencies should have the authority to digitally strike back against cyber criminals, the president of Germany's new cyber security agency Zitis told Der Spiegel newsmagazine.

UK regulator says Uber data breach concealment raises 'huge concerns' 22 Nov 2017

LONDON Uber's [UBER.UL] secret $100,000 pay-off to hackers to cover up a massive breach of customer and driver data at the ride-hailing firm raises "huge concerns" about its data policies and ethics, Britain's data protection regulator said on Wednesday.

U.S. government warns businesses about cyber bug in Intel chips 22 Nov 2017

The U.S. government on Tuesday urged businesses to act on an Intel Corp alert about security flaws in widely used computer chips as industry researchers scrambled to understand the impact of the newly disclosed vulnerability.

U.S. prosecutors charge Iranian in 'Game of Thrones' hack 21 Nov 2017

U.S. prosecutors have charged an Iranian national with hacking into cable TV network HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including "Game of Thrones," then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million.

Denmark to ramp up cyber security efforts: defense minister 21 Nov 2017

COPENHAGEN Denmark intends to invest to boost efforts to prevent cyber attacks in a strategy to be presented early next year, its defense minister said on Tuesday.

Dutch central bank sets up 'friendly' hacking team to attack own banks: report 20 Nov 2017

AMSTERDAM The Netherlands' central bank (DNB) is setting up a team of cyber security experts and hackers to attack the country's own financial infrastructure in order to test and improve its defenses, Het Financieele Dagblad reported on Tuesday.

Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign 20 Nov 2017

LONDON/RIYADH Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections 20 Nov 2017

SAN FRANCISCO A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks.

China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly' 16 Nov 2017

BEIJING China's top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be "orderly" and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

Trump administration releases rules on disclosing cyber flaws 15 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration publicly released on Wednesday its rules for deciding whether to disclose cyber security flaws or keep them secret, in an effort to bring more transparency to a process that has long been cloaked in mystery.

Court adjourns appeal hearing for U.S. extradition of Russian cyber crime suspect 15 Nov 2017

ATHENS Greece's Supreme Court adjourned an appeal hearing on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian suspected of masterminding a $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring.

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