UBER announced on Thursday that it was investigating a “cybersecurity incident” after a teenage hacker penetrated its internal systems.
An 18-year-old tech pro has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is believed not to affect customer data.
Uber had to shut down several internal communication and engineering systems to contain the breach.
A hacker compromised an employee’s workplace messaging app Slack and used it to send a message to Uber employees.
In the message, they announced that the company suffered a data breach, according to a New York Times report on Thursday that quoted an Uber spokesman.
The hacker allegedly mocked Uber employees and sent obscene photos of male genitalia on Slack.
It turned out that they were later able to gain access to other internal systems.
The food and ride-hailing service said Friday: “We are currently responding to a cybersecurity incident.
“We are in contact with law enforcement and will post further updates here as they become available.”
The Slack system was taken offline by Uber Thursday afternoon after employees received the message from the hacker, who claimed to be 18, according to the Times report.
“I announce that I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,” the message read, listing several internal databases that were claimed to have been compromised, the report added.
A person claiming responsibility for the hack told the newspaper that he sent a text message to an Uber employee claiming to be an IT worker at the company.
The worker was persuaded to hand over a password that allowed the hacker to gain access to Uber’s systems, the report said.
Slack said in a statement to Reuters that the company was investigating the incident and that there was no evidence of a vulnerability in its platform.
“Uber is a valued customer, and we’re here to help them when they need us,” Slack, which is owned by Salesforce Inc., said in the statement.
According to the report, Uber employees have been instructed not to use Slack. Other internal systems were also inaccessible.
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