Careem admits to data breach, affecting 14 million users

Careem admits to data breach, affecting 14 million users

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.

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.”

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