The ride-hailing service Uber has been the target of a hacking attempt that seems to have compromised the company’s internal networks.
The California-based business acknowledged that it was reacting to a “cybersecurity problem,” after the New York Times reported that a hacker had gained access to the network and forced it to shut down various internal communications and engineering systems. According to the article, the hacker claimed to be 18 years old.
Apparently, there was no impact on Uber’s service, which is available in over 10,000 locations worldwide.
A hacker gained access to the employee workplace chat platform Slack and used it to send an announcement to Uber workers informing them that the company had been the victim of a data breach. Twitter has been flooded with screenshots that purport to reveal internal systems at Uber that have been hacked.
After Uber workers got the message from the hacker on Thursday afternoon, the company decided to take the Slack service down.
“I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,” the message read, going on to list several internal databases that were claimed to be compromised, the report added.
A social engineering attack, in which a hacker deceives an employee into giving them access, was mentioned as the method of entry by the individual who claimed responsibility for the breach.
The hacker sent a text message to an Uber worker purporting to be a tech staffer, and the worker provided them a password to the network. According to a report, a hacker who offered a Telegram address stated they got in due to insufficient protection.