Uber suffered an internal hack last week, and the ridesharing company is now releasing information about who was behind it.
Surprisingly, the culprit was an 18-year-old hacker who was able to break into Uber’s internal systems (including G-suite and Slack), allegedly leading the company into a data breach.
anonymous hacker new york times He impersonated an Uber IT worker and sent a text message to an Uber employee, telling the outlet that he had requested a password to access internal systems.
In a blog post yesterday, Uber said, “A contractor’s account for Uber EXT was compromised by an attacker.” The contractor received a two-factor login authorization request and initially blocked access, but eventually the contractor accepted one and the attacker successfully logged in.”
Uber said it believed the hacker (or hackers) were part of the group Lapsus$ (based on the techniques they used to break into Uber’s systems). It’s also responsible for hacks at Microsoft, Samsung, and Cisco earlier this year.
They’re also believed to be behind a recent leak at Rockstar Games, footage from the latest iteration of the video game. call of duty Breached this week.
The company found itself compromised after a teenager posted a message on a company-wide Slack channel.
It’s honestly a classy way to hack someone @ Uber pic.twitter.com/fFUA5xb3wv
— Colton (@ColtonSeal) September 16, 2022
When using Slack, employees were reportedly redirected to pornographic images with subtext using expletives. twitter sources.
“As part of our investigation, we are working with several leading digital forensics companies.We also use this opportunity to continue enhancing our policies, practices and technology to further protect Uber from future attacks. We will continue to do so,” Uber said.
The company claimed that data from customer-facing services such as Uber and Uber Eats had never been compromised, but the services were temporarily affected after the hack had to shut down internal tools. I got
Uber has struggled in the past few years after allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company came to light after former CEO Travis Kalanick’s dramatic resignation in 2017.
The company also faced another leak earlier this summer when documents were released showing questionable internal practices and corporate culture.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Uber was down just under 21% year-over-year.