Careem: Data of more than 14 million customers stolen by hackers.
Car pooling giant company, Careem published a blog on their official site stating that it has faced a breach of data in January 2018.
A hacker group managed to get access to its servers on 14th January, 2018. The breach affects all customers and captains who signed up with the service before January 2018 Users who signed up with the service after that date have not been affected, Careem said in an official statement.
“On January 14 of this year, we became aware that online criminals gained access to our computer systems which hold customer and captain account data. Customers and captains who have signed up with us since that date are not affected,”
The trip data, phone numbers and account details is stolen in the cyber attack. The official statement even added,
“While we have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse related to this incident, it is our responsibility to be open and honest with you, and to reaffirm our commitment to protecting your privacy and data,”
Careem also shared the actions they are taking to address the issue and prevent it from happening in the future.
Dear Customers, we have identified a cyber incident that took place in January 2018 involving unauthorized access to the system we use to store data. Our wider security protocol keep passwords encrypted and credit card details on a separate system. pic.twitter.com/rkcpf671ct
— Careem (@careem) April 23, 2018
Careem officially addressing their customers and keeping in mind every step to prevent any future lapse they mentioned, “Careem understands the importance of your privacy. We regularly review and update our security systems – this time it wasn’t enough to prevent an attack. While no organisation is completely immune to the threat of cybercrime, we are committed to meeting these threats and protecting the privacy and data of those that have placed their trust in us.”