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Uber is investigating the hack on its systems

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Following compromising several internal communications and engineering systems, Uber declared that it was conducting an investigation.

After the hacker gave screenshots of the email, cloud storage, and code repositories to the newspaper, the New York Times was the first to publish the intrusion.

According to the story, which cited two employees, Uber employees were instructed not to use Slack’s professional messaging service.

Uber employees got a message saying, “I announce I am a hacker, and Uber has suffered a data breach,” just before the company’s Slack channel was shut down.

An explicit photo was subsequently posted on an internal information channel for staff, suggesting that the hacker was later able to access more of the internal systems.

Uber said it was in contact with law enforcement regarding the hack.

There is no evidence that the attack harmed Uber’s database, vehicle fleet, or payment information.

Uber subscribes to HackerOne, a California-based platform for bug rewards. In addition, many large companies utilize bug bounty programs, which essentially pay ethical hackers to find bugs.

The Uber hacker spoke with one of the bug bounty hunters, Sam Curry. He commented, “It seems like they’ve compromised a lot of things.

According to Mr. Curry, several Uber employees with whom he spoke claimed they were “trying to lock down everything internally” to limit the hacker’s access.

He claimed that there was no evidence the hacker had caused any harm or was motivated by anything other than notoriety.

“We’re in close communication with Uber’s security team, have shut down their data, and will continue to cooperate with their investigation,” said Chris Evans, chief hacking officer for HackerOne, to the BBC.

Who is responsible for the hack?

The BBC has seen texts from someone claiming to be in possession of numerous Uber admin accounts.

The hacker, who is 18 years old, has been honing his cyber-security abilities for several years, according to the New York Times, and he infiltrated the Uber servers because “they had insufficient protection.”

The individual also advocated for increased pay for Uber drivers in the Slack message announcing the breach.

The adage “people are the weakest link” in cyber security is confirmed once more, and this incident demonstrates that an employee who was duped allowed the thieves in.

The saying is accurate, but it’s also rather rude.

The image emerging here demonstrates this hacker’s extreme motivation and competence.

As seen by recent Okta, Microsoft, and Twitter hacks, inexperienced hackers with lots of free time and a carefree attitude can influence even the most cautious staff to commit cyber-security errors.

Ask prominent ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick, who used flattery to get past telephone networks in the 1970s, and you’ll learn that this method of social engineering hacking is older than computers themselves.

The difference today is that hackers may combine their wits with highly developed, user-friendly tools to make their work even simpler.

Uber has a new tool to assist businesses in reducing their carbon footprint

Measuring carbon emissions is the first stage in a company’s efforts to reduce them. For example, on Monday, Uber released a new tool to let businesses track emissions when staff members ride for work-related purposes.

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Uber is used by almost 170,000 businesses to transfer personnel. On the Uber for Business dashboard, they now have access to a lot of sustainability insights that the business shared only with Protocol. According to Susan Anderson, worldwide head of the company’s commercial division, the dashboard may enable corporate clients “monitor, report and act on their ground transportation impacts globally.”

Among the new features are a client’s employees’ total number of low-emission rides, the company’s overall emissions from all rides, and the typical grams of carbon dioxide emitted per mile. Clients might utilize this information as corporate travel picks up again to establish goals for lowering emissions by better understanding the impact employees’ hailing rides for business trips or to and from events have on the environment.

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