A hacker broke into Uber’s internal Slack channel


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The Slack system was taken offline on Thursday afternoon by Uber after employees received the message from the hacker (Picture: Reuters/Mike Blake/File Photo)

A hacker gained access to Uber’s internal Slack and announced that they has gained access to ‘confidential data’ and other ‘secrets from sneakers’.

On Thursday, the ride hailing app said that it was investigating a cybersecurity incident, after a report that its network was breached and the company had to shut several internal communications and engineering systems.

An employee’s Slack was used by the hacker to gain access which they then used to send a message to Uber employees announcing that the company had suffered a data breach, according to a New York Times report on Thursday.

‘I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,’ the message read, and went on to list several internal databases that were claimed to be compromised, the report added.

A person, claiming responsibility for the hack, told the paper that he had sent a text message to an Uber employee claiming to be a corporate IT person.

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Uber employees were instructed to not use Slack and other internal systems were were inaccessible as well (Picture: Twitter)

The worker was persuaded to hand over a password that allowed the hacker to gain access to Uber’s systems, the report said.

This enabled the hacker to later gain access to other internal systems and even post an explicit photo on an internal information page for employees.

‘We are in touch with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available,’ Uber said in a tweet, without providing further details.

Uber’s Slack system was taken offline on Thursday afternoon by Uber after employees received the message from the hacker, according to the Times report, citing two employees, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Slack said in a statement to Reuters that the company was investigating the incident and that there was no evidence of a vulnerability inherent to its platform.

‘Uber is a valued customer, and we are here to help them if they need us,’ said Slack in the statement.

Uber employees were instructed to not use Slack and other internal systems were were inaccessible as well.


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