Uber paid hackers to hide data breach

NBC - Uber is reporting that a cyber breach nearly a year ago exposed the personal information of tens of millions of Uber drivers and customers.

The CEO of Uber says the company only recently became aware that two individuals hacked their system late last year and obtained user data.

Experts say hackers took the names the email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million riders, seven million of those were in the U.S.

Also breached were the driver's license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers. Uber says they took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access.

The company confirmed to NBC News that it paid two hackers 100,000 dollars to destroy the information.

The CEO says the two employees who led the initial response to the incident failed to notify affected individuals and regulators. They are no longer with the company.