Uber investigates cybersecurity incident

Uber on Thursday said it is investigating a cybersecurity incident following reports that the ride-hailing company had been hacked.

“We are currently responding to a cybersecurity incident,” Uber said in a statement on Twitter. “We are in touch with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available.”

A hacker gained control over Uber’s internal systems after compromising the Slack account of an employee, according to the New York Times, which says it communicated with the attacker directly. Slack, a workplace messaging service, is used by many tech companies and startups for everyday communications. Uber has now disabled its Slack, according to multiple reports.

Shares of Uber declined 5% Friday on news of the hack.

After compromising Uber’s internal Slack in a so-called social engineering attack, the hacker then went on to access other internal databases, the Times reported. In one Slack message, the hacker is said to have written: “I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach.”

A separate report, from the Washington Post, said the alleged attacker told the newspaper they had breached Uber for fun and could leak the company’s source code in a matter of months.

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