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Colin Mc Hugo
Security Engineer Manager & CEO at Quantum Infinite Solutions Group Ltd.

Uber Says It’s Investigating a Potential Breach of Its Computer Systems

September 16, 2022
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Journey hailing big Uber disclosed Thursday it is responding to a cybersecurity incident involving a breach of its community and that it is in contact with legislation enforcement authorities.

The New York Occasions first reported the incident.

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The hack is claimed to have pressured the corporate to take its inside communications and engineering programs offline because it investigated the extent of the breach.

The publication mentioned the malicious intruder compromised an worker’s Slack account, and leveraged it to broadcast a message that the corporate had “suffered a knowledge breach,” along with itemizing inside databases that is imagined to have been compromised.

“It appeared that the hacker was later in a position to acquire entry to different inside programs, posting an express picture on an inside info web page for workers,” the New York Occasions mentioned.

This isn’t Uber’s first breach. It got here underneath scrutiny for failing to correctly disclose a 2016 knowledge breach affecting 57 million riders and drivers, and in the end paying off the hackers $100,000 to cover the breach. It turned public information solely in late 2017.

Federal prosecutors within the U.S. have since charged its former safety officer, Joe Sullivan, with an alleged tried cover-up of the incident, stating he had “instructed his crew to maintain information of the 2016 breach tightly managed.” Sullivan has contested the accusations.

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In December 2021, Sullivan was handed down further three counts of wire fraud to beforehand filed felony obstruction and misprision expenses. “Sullivan allegedly orchestrated the disbursement of a six-figure cost to 2 hackers in alternate for his or her silence in regards to the hack,” the superseding indictment said.

It additional mentioned he “took deliberate steps to stop individuals whose PII was stolen from discovering that the hack had occurred and took steps to hide, deflect, and mislead the U.S. Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) in regards to the knowledge breach.”

The most recent breach additionally comes because the criminal case in opposition to Sullivan goes to trial within the U.S. District Court docket in San Francisco.

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