- A hacker has claimed that Uber systems have been hacked.
- Uber has reported an investigation on a cyber security incident
- The alleged breach had reportedly forced Uber to take several internal communications and engineering systems offline.
US based mobility service prover, Uber, is on high alert after a hacker came forward claiming that the company has suffered a data breach. The company has reported that it is currently investigating a cyber security incident and has also alerted the law-enforcement authorities.
The alleged breach had reportedly forced Uber into taking several of its engineering and internal communications systems offline.
According to a report from The New York Times, a cybercriminal hacked into an app used by Uber’s employees called Slack for workplace messaging. The hacker then used his account to send a message to other employees informing them that the Uber systems had suffered a data breach.
Not only the hacker was able to send messages to the employees he was also able to gain access to other internal company systems.
He posted an explicit picture of an internal information page for employees which read “I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach. Slack has been stolen…” on Slack.
In a tweet, Uber acknowledged the data breach and said that the matter is currently under investigation.
The tweet read, “We are in touch with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available”.
On Thursday afternoon, as soon as Uber employees received the message from the cybercriminal on Slack, the workplace messaging application was taken offline. Employees at Uber were given strict directions to not use their workplace messaging application until further notice.
Apart from Slack, some other internet systems were also inaccessible to the users.
The hacker got in touch with The New York Times and said that he sent the message to the employees at Uber claiming to be the Corporate Technology Officer. The hacker coaxed the employee to share his password and the employee fell into the trap.
The hacker also revealed that he is only 18 years old and had been working on his cyber security skills for years.
Uber’s actual Chief Information Security Officer, Latha Maripuri, wrote, “We don’t have an estimate right now as to when full access to tools will be restored, so thank you for bearing with us,” to the employees in an email obtained by The New York Times.