Uber data hack: Leeds businesses make urgent data security checks

Uber data hack: Leeds businesses told to make urgent data security checks


Businesses in Leeds are being warned to check their data is safe and can’t be stolen, after yesterday’s massive Uber hack.

The taxi firm admitted that details of 57million customers and drivers worldwide were stolen by hackers, last year.

Now local data security expert Stuart Crane– owner of local IT support company Everon – says all local businesses must check their data is not at any risk.

“Uber’s reputation and profit is going to suffer as a result of this hack – and I would hate any local businesses to suffer the same fate,” he said.

“All Leeds businesses should get an urgent technical audit of their systems to check there is no chance for hackers to get in, and steal data. It only takes one out-of-date system to create a hacking opportunity.

“The UK’s Information Commissioner is going to ask some difficult questions. Uber admits that names, email address and mobile numbers were among the data stolen.

Uber data hack

“This is people’s most valuable data. Once a hacker knows these kind of details it makes it a lot easier for them to get into your email. Once there, they can often start accessing sensitive data, such as bank records.”

Stuart Crane added: “If a business the size of Uber can fall foul of hackers, then small businesses here in Leeds without lots of IT resource are definitely at risk.”

Penalties for this kind of data breach will become more severe from May next year, when the new General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect.

The main aim is to give individuals a greater level of control over their personal data. Which means that all companies who hold any customer information will be subject to strict rules.

Everon was formed in 2008, and now looks after hundreds of local businesses in the Leeds area.

Stuart Crane’s guide to GDPR and data security is available for free using this link.