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Uber argues there is no evidence its user accounts were compromised in recent hack

Posting time:2023-02-02 10:17:02

Uber argues there is no evidence its user accounts were compromised in recent hack

The hacking incident, which came to light on Thursday, forced ride-hailing company Uber to take several of its internal systems offline and affected multiple of its cloud platforms hosted on Slack, AWS and Google Cloud. Officials say it is investigating how the self-proclaimed 18-year-old hacker gained administrator access to its internal tools. At the same time, Uber argued that there was "no evidence" that any of its customers' private information was compromised as a result of the breach of internal computer systems. As a "precautionary measure", the aforementioned internal software and tools were taken offline yesterday afternoon and law enforcement was notified. But in a new statement this morning, the company said all of its products — including ride-hailing and Uber Eats food delivery services — are now back in operation. It is reported that the incident stemmed from hackers posting messages on the company’s internal Slack system and revealing their identities to Uber employees. Hackers claim Uber's data was compromised, they gained access to the company's confidential information, and learned that Uber underpaid drivers. The hacker later told The New York Times that he managed to get hold of a password that allowed Uber employees to access the company's systems, and then posed as an IT administrator to carry out the social engineering scam. Security experts say the hack appears to have penetrated Uber's systems across the board. Even so, Uber does not currently recommend that users actively make any changes to their accounts. This isn't the first time Uber has been the victim of a hack, however. For example, in a massive cybersecurity attack in October 2016, the confidential data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers was leaked. Uber recently admitted to covering up the hacking incident and reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to avoid criminal prosecution. Then-Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan was accused of being a co-conspirator and was later charged with flipping justice for trying to hide the data breach from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and company management. In addition, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi just spoke out in a trial that began earlier this month.

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