Uber investigates hacking

Uber is investigating the extent of a hack into its computer systems.

The breach occurred on Thursday, forcing the company to take several of its internal communications and engineering systems offline, according to The New York Times.

A spokesperson for Uber said the company is investigating the breach and contacting law enforcement officials.

Uber app logo seen on a smartphone. (REUTERS/Reuters Pictures)

Employees were told not to use the company’s internal messaging service, Slack, and found that other internal systems were inaccessible, two employees told The Times.

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The person claiming to have carried out the hack told the outlet that he had managed to convince an Uber employee that he was a computer scientist and that he gave him a password allowing him to access computer systems. ‘Uber.

The hacker said he was 18 and broke into Uber’s system because the company’s security was weak.

Just before the systems were taken down, a Slack message was sent to employees that read, “I am announcing that I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach.”

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An Uber spokesperson said the hacker broke into internal systems and posted an explicit photo on an internal employee information page.

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Uber was breached in 2016 when hackers stole information from 57 million driver and passenger accounts, then approached Uber and demanded $100,000 to delete their copy of the data.

Gordon K. Morehouse