Ride-sharing platform Careem says hit by cyber attack with data of up to 14 million users stolen
Careem, Middle East’s popular ride-hailing app, was hit by a cyber attack that compromised the data of 14 million users, the company confirmed in a blog post.
The company learned of the breach, in which access was gained to a computer system that stored customer and driver account information, on January 14, it said in the statement.
Names, email addresses, phone numbers and trip data were stolen, though there was no evidence that passwords or credit card information – held on external third-party servers – were compromised, Careem said.
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
The personal data of up to 14 million people in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey has been stolen by online criminals in a cyber-attack on the systems of Dubai ride sharing platform Careem, according to The National.
Explaining how Careem dealt with the security breach, it said:
“Careem has identified a cyber incident involving unauthorised access to the system we use to store data. 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.”