DETROIT — Uber has managed to hold the title of world’s largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals.

Its latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere – or keep looking the other way.

Hackers were able to steal data for 57 million riders and drivers, and Uber concealed it for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

Riders and business experts say that although Uber’s problems – including workplace sexual harassment, drivers with criminal records and other past infractions – are serious, stolen data hits people directly and could make them mad enough to delete the app.

For Vermont resident Jay Furr, the breach was the “final straw.” He had stuck with Uber despite recent problems because of the service. But now he’ll use Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, when he goes to the airport for frequent business trips.

“Why reward crooked behavior?” he asked. “The only way they will learn is if they lose business.”

For much of the past year, Uber has been mired in well-publicized problems.

A female former engineer blogged that her boss had propositioned her for sex, exposing widespread sexual harassment.

A federal judge urged prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uber stole technology from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit.

The Justice Department is investigating whether Uber used a bogus app to deceive inspectors in several cities. And in London, authorities decided not to renew Uber’s operating license in part for failing to report crimes.

The scandals have damaged Uber’s brand reputation over time, said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys Inc., a New York-based customer research firm. The company’s polling has found that in 2015, Lyft passed Uber as the most trusted of ride-hailing brands, and trust in Uber has been eroding ever since. Consumers will give technology companies the benefit of the doubt for a long time.

But with Uber, “That well of forgiveness isn’t bottomless,” Passikoff said.

Lyft says its share of the U.S. market has risen 3 percentage points since August, to 33 percent. That’s up from 12 percent two years ago as Lyft has expanded with more drivers in major U.S. cities.

In the data breach, Uber has said that for riders, hackers got only names, email addresses and telephone numbers. They did not get personal information such as trip details or credit card and Social Security numbers.

For about 600,000 drivers in the U.S., hackers got driver’s license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services.