Uber is investigating the hacking of its computer system by a teenager

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Uber announced the breach Thursday night in a tweet, and a hacker claiming to be 18 later posted screenshots taken inside Uber computers.

Employee software tools shut down as a precaution were gradually restarted, the San Francisco-based company said. (AP)

Uber said it was investigating a “cybersecurity incident”, declining to comment on reports that a young hacker gained access to the ride-sharing company’s computer network.

Uber said on Friday that its services were all up and running and that it had “no evidence that the incident involved access to sensitive data” such as users’ trip histories.

Employee software tools shut down as a precaution have been gradually restarted, the San Francisco-based company added.

Uber announced the breach Thursday night in a tweet, and a hacker claiming to be 18 later posted screenshots taken inside Uber computers.

“He says he simply – having already determined a valid username and password – tricked an Uber staff member into granting him access to internal systems,” said independent analyst Graham Cluley. in cybersecurity, on its website.

Businesses at risk

Online comments believed to be from the hacker said he targeted an Uber employee with notifications for over an hour, then contacted the worker via WhatsApp claiming to be a member of Uber’s tech support team. the company.

“Lots of other companies are likely to fall for something similar,” Cluley said.

“There’s a reason cybersecurity experts say people are often the weakest link,” said Ray Kelly, a member of the Synopsys Software Integrity Group in Silicon Valley.

“Whether it’s phishing/SMS attacks or a simple phone call for an employee to give up their credentials, ‘social engineering’ will be the easiest route for a malicious actor.”

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Source: AFP

Gordon K. Morehouse