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Uber failed Australian users, drivers by not reporting 2016 cyberattack, privacy watchdog says

By James Panichi
  • 26 Jul 2021 00:59
  • 26 Jul 2021 00:59
Uber breached Australian law when it failed to report a 2016 global cyberattack that affected 1.2 million users in the country and then paid off the hackers through a bug-reporting program for identifying security vulnerabilities, the country’s privacy regulator has concluded.

In a determination published late last week (see here), the Office

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James Panichi

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific


James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.

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