Uber investigates computer network breach by teenage hacker

Uber investigates computer network breach by teenage hacker

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Uber data breach overview: 

  • Who: Uber says it is investigating an apparent data breach of its internal networks that was potentially carried out by an 18-year-old man. 
  • Why: A self-proclaimed hacker posted screenshots on Telegram last week of what they said showed sensitive user info from Uber’s internal networks. 
  • Where: Uber is used by consumers nationwide. 

Uber has announced it is investigating after an individual claims to have acquired unauthorized access to its internal networks. 

The transport company reportedly discovered on Thursday of last week that its internal networks had been compromised, with Uber taking down some of its systems in response, Law360 reports. 

Uber said last week that it is investigating the cause of the “cybersecurity incident” and that it has been in contact with law enforcement. 

In an update Friday, Uber said it found no evidence any sensitive user data was compromised, and said all its services remain operational and it was bringing all of its systems back online. 

Uber found out about breach after apparent hacker posts screenshots on web forum 

Uber first became aware of the data breach after an individual claiming to have breached its systems posted screenshots on Telegram that purported to show sensitive user data — including financial information. 

The bad actor — who reportedly identified themselves as an 18-year-old man — said they were able to gain access to Uber’s service after tricking one of the company’s employees into giving him their password, Law360 reports. 

In addition to announcing he had breached Uber’s servers, the hacker also reportedly wrote a message — seen in a screenshot going around on social media — about how the company was allegedly underpaying its drivers. 

The actual severity of the Uber data breach remains unclear at this time, Law360 reports. 

Earlier this month, U-Haul International disclosed it was the victim of a data breach it says exposed the personal information — including names and driver’s license information — of some of its customers. 

The transport rental company says the data breach occurred after a hacker was able to gain unauthorized access into a U-Haul customer contact search portal. 

Also this month, CSI Financial Services agreed to pay $2.65 million in order to resolve claims the company mishandled a data breach last year. 

Are you concerned that your personal information may have been exposed in the Uber data breach? Let us know in the comments! 

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