Uber holds Lapsus$-linked hacker responsible for internal system breach

By Garima Soni  | Date: September 20, 2022

Uber holds Lapsus$-linked hacker responsible for internal system breach

Uber Technologies Inc. has reportedly blamed a hacker associated with the Lapsus$ hacking group for a recent incident involving a cyber assault to an extent that the ride-hailing firm had to immediately restrict internal communications at all levels.

Uber however was quick to claim that the hacker had not ventured into accounts of any person or databases that held sensitive information such as journey particulars, bank card numbers, or account checkouts.

Elaborating on the ongoing investigation, Uber claimed that the attacker accessed several internal systems and that the company is currently engrossed in the process of determining any internal damage.

For the unversed, the hacking group Lapsus$-is an authentication company that has formed partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, Nvidia, and Okta to name a few.

The 18-year-old hacker, who goes by the name ‘’teapotuberhacker,” claimed that he broke into Uber’s system since it had weak security.

The company stated that the hacker had gained access to several of the company’s tools including Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, however, the employees thought it was a prank.

The hacker disclosed himself to the employees by posting a message on the company’s internal communication portal Slack.

Interestingly, the ride-hailing firm then notified law enforcement agencies and since then has constantly been in touch with the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice to resolve the issue.

This is not the first time that Uber has been dealing with such an intervention. For instance, in October 2016, hackers initiated a massive cybersecurity attack on the firm, exposing confidential data associated with 7 billion customers and drivers.

At present, the teenage hacker exposed confidential company information and posted a hashtag claiming that the corporation 'underpays its drivers.'

On the flip side, the same hacker claimed to have leaked early gameplay footage i.e. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s most popular and eagerly awaited sport “Grand Theft Auto VI’’ and subsequently posted a message on the company’s discussion board to negotiate a deal.

Source Credits: - https://www.newsncr.com/automobile/lapsus-linked-hacker-responsible-for-breach-uber-says/

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Garima Soni     ibmag.com

Garima Soni

Despite starting her career in science, Garima always had a zeal for writing. She started out her writer journey as a freelancer which eventually turned into a full-time job. Now as an upcoming MBA professional, Garima pens down articles for IBMag and several other we...

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