At one point, it would appear something unseen is working to bring global ride-sharing giant, Uber, down.

On a closer look, it appears the company is orchestrating its own downfall through some illegalities.

These days, Uber is struggling to stay free of scandals – from its global to local operations.

In Nigeria for instance, it was its drivers ripping riders off with fake maps.

The company had also faced controversies relating to sexual harassment allegations, a lawsuit alleging trade secrets theft and multiple federal criminal probes.

These culminated in the exit of its former chief executive, Travis Kalanick in June, 2017.

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On Tuesday, another scandal came to light, that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider.

The discovery of the cover-up of the incident has resulted in the firing of two employees responsible for its handling of the situation, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August.

"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it," Khosrowshahi said in a blog post.

The breach occurred in October 2016 but Khosrowshahi said he had only recently learned of it.

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