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Uber has revealed that around 2.7 million people in the UK were affected by a 2016 data breach that it kept secret.

Hackers stole names, email addresses, and phone numbers of Uber’s riders and drivers in October 2016. Credit card numbers and dates of birth were not obtained, Uber said.

The hack affected 50 million riders and seven million drivers worldwide, according to Uber.

“In the United Kingdom this involved approximately 2.7m riders and drivers,” Uber wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

“This is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: “This latest shocking development about Uber will alarm millions of Londoners whose personal data could have been stolen by criminals.

“Uber needs to urgently confirm which of their customers are affected, what is being done to ensure these customers don’t suffer adversely, and what action is being taken to prevent this happening again in the future.”

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