NEWS
02/06/2018 12:00 EST | Updated 02/06/2018 12:01 EST

Uber data breach affecting 57 million users in 2016 came from hacker in Canada

TORONTO — Uber says a hacker working from Canada was one of two people involved in stealing data connected to 57 million of the ride-hailing company's users in 2016.

The company says the hacker's partner in Florida was the one who actually obtained the data.

The information from the hack included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers.

The revelations are part of a statement the company's chief security officer made to a U.S. subcommittee handling consumer protection and data security.

News of the breach was met with criticism after the company admitted it paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.

It triggered the firing of the company's chief and deputy security officers and a formal investigation from the federal privacy commission.