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Uber Data Breach

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It's another bump in the road for Uber. The ride-hailing service has acknowledged that it covered up a year-old attack by hackers who stole personal information about more than 57 million of its customers and drivers. Uber says the hackers were paid $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.

The revelation Tuesday marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation.

The disclosure follows the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick for building a culture that allowed women workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push the legal limits.

The heist took the names, and email addresses. The thieves also nabbed the driver's license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers.

Uber's current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, criticized the company's handling of the data theft in a blog post that said there's no evidence the stolen information has been misused.

New York's state Attorney General has opened an investigation into a massive data breach at Uber.  Amy Spitalnick, spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, confirmed the probe Wednesday, but would not comment further.  New York law requires that companies notify the Attorney General and consumers if data is stolen.

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