The computer network of cab booking platform Uber was breached on Thursday. Due to this, the company’s internal communication and engineering system has been affected. The company has said that they are investigating this matter related to cyber security. According to reports, Uber had to shut down its internal communication and engineering systems due to this security breach.
According to the New York Times report, an Uber spokesperson said the hacker gained access to an employee’s workplace messaging app Slack.
Using this, the hacker sent a message to Uber employees that the company had been a data breach victim. According to the New York Times report, the hacker is 18 years old. In this data breach, the information about the data leak of the users has not been revealed so far.
18-year-old boy hacked
The hacker has given this information to the reporter. The hacker said he is 18 years old and has been working on his cyber security skills for many years. He said that Uber’s security system was weak, and he could easily break it.
The hacker accessed Uber’s source code, email and other internal systems. He has also shared some screenshots. In this matter, Uber says that it is in talks with Law Enforcement and will give information in this regard soon. At the same time, Yuga Labs security engineer Sam Curry has said that the hacker had access to almost the entire system of Uber.
How did hackers get into the Uber network?
The company made its Slack system offline on Thursday after employees received the hacker’s message. The hacker wrote in his message, ‘I declare that I am a hacker and a victim of the Uber data breach.’ The hacker has also told how he broke into Uber’s system.
He had sent a message to an Uber employee posing as a corporate IT personnel and obtained the password from him. With the help of this password, the hacker gained access to the Uber system. The technique used by the hacker to hack the Uber system is called social engineering.
At the same time, Slack has informed Reuters in this matter that the company is investigating this incident. No vulnerability has been found on their platform. Uber has advised its employees not to use Slack for the time being.
What is Social Engineering?
Social engineering is a method of hacking in which users are trapped through a fake social network size. Hackers create a fake website which looks like a real social media platform or a website. The user enters his credentials into it and gets caught in the hacker’s trap.
Uber data has been leaked in the past.
This is not the first time Uber has been the victim of a data breach. Even before this, the company has come under the purview of investigative agencies. In 2016, the data of 57 million drivers and riders on the platform was leaked. The company had also given one lakh dollars to the hackers to suppress this matter. However, in 2017, this matter came in front of the public.