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HACKED: Uber and law enforcement investigating ‘cybersecurity incident’ following reported hack

Global ride-hailing firm Uber has been hacked in what they described as a ‘cybersecurity incident’.

The incident happened on Thursday 15 September with sources from the New York Times reporting a breach to the operator’s internal systems.

Today an Uber spokesperson confirmed an incident had taken place by taking to social media saying: “We are currently responding to a cybersecurity incident. We are in touch with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available.”

Tom Warren, Senior Editor at tech publication The Verge described the hack as looking ‘bad’. Warren said: “Uber has been hacked, and it looks bad. The hacker got in through social engineering and allegedly found a network share full of Microsoft PowerShell scripts that included Uber admin usernames and passwords to let them breach AWS, G Suite, and more.”

The American firm were forced to take several internal communications and engineering systems offline according to the New York Times report.

The Uber service which operates globally in more than 10,000 cities via its app, does not appear to have been affected.

An Uber Comms spokesperson has said they will provide further updates when more information becomes available.


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