Uber hack - fingers point at rival

9 October 2015

uber taxi While Richard Branson thinks everyone should suck it up when it comes to Uber, the controversial taxi firm have got other things on their mind.

Uber got hacked and there was a leak of data, which contained the details of the names and driver’s licenses of around 50,000 of Uber’s drivers. Of course, Uber aren't happy about that, so they're going after whoever is responsible.

And they've got an internet address which they're fixated on, and they think that they've got the hacker in their sights. Interestingly, Uber's court papers reckon that the address has been traced back to Lyft’s technology chief Chris Lambert. That's right. One of Uber's main rivals.

Now, legally speaking, it should be pointed out that the court papers don't say there's a direct correlation between the IP address and the person responsible for the hack. However, the report says that the IP address was obtained by a process of elimination, as Uber's investigation team looked through all of the IPs which accessed a critical security key which has been shared publicly on the internet.

An Uber subpoena of Comcast records “was “reasonably likely” to help reveal the “bad actor” behind the data breach”.

Lyft spokesperson Brandon McCormick said: "Uber allowed login credentials for their driver database to be publicly accessible on GitHub for months before and after a data breach in May 2014."

This, without doubt, is going to get ugly.

TOPICS:   Technology

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