• Uber system hacked? Cyber security incident investigation is underway by the company

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    Uber system hacked? Cyber security incident investigation is underway by the company

    Uber has reported that it is investigating a cyber security issue and has also notified law enforcement.

    Digital Desk: Uber is on high alert after a hacker claimed to have discovered a data breach at the ride- hiring company. The company has reported that it is investigating a cyber security incident and has also notified law enforcement. 

    According to reports, the alleged breach forced Uber to shut down several internal communications and engineering systems.

    A cybercriminal allegedly hacked into an Uber employee's Slack app, a workplace messaging app. The hacker then used his account to notify other Uber employees that the company's systems had been compromised. The hacker was able to not only send messages to employees but also gain access to other internal company systems.

    He explicitly posted a screenshot of an internal employee information page. "I declare that I am a hacker, and Uber has had a data breach. Slack has been kidnapped." On Slack, the hacker wrote.

    Uber acknowledged the data breach and said it is being investigated. "We are in contact with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available," the company said in a tweet.

    According to the hacker, he sent a message to an Uber employee posing as a corporate information technology officer. The hacker duped the employee into sharing his password, and the employee fell for it. The hacker revealed that he is only 18 years old and has spent years honing his cyber security skills.

    In an email obtained by The New York Times, Uber's chief information security officer, Latha Maripuri, wrote to employees: "We don't have an estimate right now as to when full access to tools will be restored, so please bear with us."

    On Thursday afternoon, the workplace messaging app Slack was taken offline after Uber employees received a message from the hacker. Uber employees were strictly forbidden from using the messaging app. Other internet systems, in addition to Slack, were unavailable to users.

    According to the hacker, he sent a message to an Uber employee posing as a corporate information technology officer. The hacker duped the employee into sharing his password, and the employee fell for it. The hacker revealed that he is only 18 years old and has spent years honing his cyber security skills.

    In an email obtained by The New York Times, Uber's chief information security officer, Latha Maripuri, wrote to employees: "We don't have an estimate right now as to when full access to tools will be restored, so please bear with us."