Uber has given a figure for the number of UK-based riders and drivers affected by its massive mess up: 2.7 million.

The taxi hire firm has been slammed by regulators all over the world for keeping the hack, which happened in October 2016, quiet for the best part of a year, by paying the hackers.

To make matters worse, when it eventually fessed up, Uber was unable to give regulators a nation-level breakdown of the 57 million affected users for days afterwards.

However “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,” Uber said.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that it expected Uber to contact the affected people as soon as possible.

However, both the ICO and National Cyber Security Centre have said that, based on the information stolen, it is unlikely to directly expose people to financial crime but rather put them at risk of scams, via bogus emails or phone calls.

“Uber has said the breach involved names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses,” according to the deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone.

Dipple-Johnstone added that the ICO’s investigation team is “still waiting for technical reports which should give full confirmation of the figures and the type of personal data that has been compromised”.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the firm is facing state-backed lawsuits, with the second landing yesterday from the State of Washington.

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