Uber’s security breached, investigation ongoing

The ridesharing service Uber was hacked late Thursday. The company said it has alerted authorities and is investigating the breach.

The attack targeted the company’s communications, as well as Uber’s Amazon Web Services and Google Suite accounts.

“I announce that I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,” the hacker, allegedly an 18-year-old teenager, wrote on the company’s internal Slack channel chat.

The company’s employees were initially skeptical about the attack.

The hacker used “social engineering,” a common hacking technique, to gain access to Uber’s internal systems.

The hacker reportedly posed as an IT worker and convinced an Uber employee to reveal a VPN password that allowed the cyber attacker to access the company’s systems.

Other companies have been hacked in recent years, including Microsoft earlier this year and Twitter in 2020. But Uber’s breach outpaces those attacks, according to tech experts.

“As it stands, this is a total compromise,” said Sam Curry, a security engineer contacted by the hacker New York Times.

The cyber attacker also reportedly gained access to the employee’s HackerOne account. HackerOne is a cybersecurity company that Uber works with.

“HackerOne supports its customers. We are in close contact with Uber’s security team, have locked their data and will continue to assist with their investigation,” HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos wrote on Twitter.

Thursday’s hack is Uber’s second major injury in six years.

In 2016, hackers stole data from 57 million user accounts and demanded a $100,000 ransom. The company silently paid the hackers and Uber waited a year to disclose the breach.

The company fired Joe Sullivan, the company’s chief security officer at the time, in 2017, and federal prosecutors charged him with covering up the hack and lying to officials. Sullivan has pleaded not guilty and is currently on trial in federal court in San Francisco.

Uber drivers in the United States who had to accept ride requests before knowing where they were going will soon see details of the rides they’re looking for along with faresAFP / DENIS CHARLET

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