Uber investigates possible network breach after hacker taunts

(The Hill) — Uber is investigating a possible breach of its network after a hacker gained access to the company’s internal system on Thursday.

The transportation company shut down a number of its internal departments, including courier and engineering departments, during the investigation, according to The New York Times.

The person claiming responsibility for the hack told The Times he gained access to Uber’s internal systems by posing as a corporate IT worker and convincing a company employee to share a password with him. .

The hacker accessed Slack’s internal messaging service through a person’s account and sent employees a message saying, “I am announcing that I am a hacker and that Uber has suffered a data breach.”

The person also posted an explicit photo on a webpage used to communicate with employees, an Uber spokesperson told The Times.

The alleged hacker sent images of Uber’s internal systems, including email, cloud storage and code repositories, to The Times and shared information with cybersecurity researchers.

“They pretty much have full access to Uber,” Yuga Labs security engineer Sam Curry told The Times after corresponding with the suspected hacker.

The hacker, who said he was 18, claimed he broke into Uber due to weak security and used his access to his Slack messaging service to demand higher pay for Uber drivers.

“We do not have an estimate at this time as to when full access to the tools will be restored, so thank you for your patience,” Uber’s chief information security officer, Latha Maripuri, wrote. in an internal email seen by The Times.

The Hill contacted Uber to comment on the network breach.


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