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Uber investigates ‘cybersecurity incident’ after reporting breach


An Uber office is shown in Redondo Beach, California, U.S., March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Sept 15 (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) said on Thursday it was investigating a cybersecurity incident, after a report said its network had been hacked and the company had to shut down several communications and data systems. internal engineering.

A hacker compromised an employee’s workplace messaging app Slack and used it to send a message to Uber employees announcing that the company had suffered a data breach, according to a report from the New York Times Thursday quoting an Uber spokesperson.

It appeared the hacker was then able to gain access to other internal systems, posting an explicit photo on an internal employee information page, the report adds.

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“We are in contact with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available,” Uber said in a tweet, without providing further details.

The Slack system was taken offline Thursday afternoon by Uber after employees received the hacker’s message, according to the Times report, citing two employees, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

I am announcing that I am a hacker and that Uber has suffered a data breach,” the post reads, and goes on to list several internal databases that were allegedly compromised, the report adds.

A person, claiming responsibility for the hack, told the newspaper that he texted an Uber employee claiming to be a corporate IT worker.

The worker was persuaded to hand over a password that allowed the hacker to access Uber’s systems, according to the report.

Slack said in a statement to Reuters that the company was investigating the incident and there was no evidence of an inherent vulnerability in its platform.

“Uber is a valued customer, and we’re here to help them if they need us,” Slack, which is owned by Salesforce Inc., said in the statement.

Uber employees have been instructed not to use Slack, according to the report. Other internal systems were also inaccessible.

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Reporting by Shubham Kalia and Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; edited by Uttaresh.V, Rashmi Aich and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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