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A teenager allegedly took responsibility for a massive data breach at Uber, according to reports.
“Uber discovered that its computer network had been hacked on Thursday, leading the company to take several of its internal communications and engineering systems offline as it investigated the extent of the hack,” reports the report. New York Times.
A spokesperson for Uber told Time that the company is investigating the breach and contacting law enforcement.
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The Times continues:
“Uber employees were instructed not to use the company’s internal messaging service, Slack, and found that other internal systems were inaccessible, said two employees, who were not authorized to speak out publicly.
Shortly before the Slack system was taken offline on Thursday afternoon, Uber employees received a message saying, “I am announcing that I am a hacker and that Uber has suffered a data breach.” The message then listed several internal databases that the hacker claimed had been compromised.
“The hacker, who provided screenshots of Uber’s internal systems to demonstrate his access, said he was 18 years old and had been working on his cybersecurity skills for several years,” the Times continued. . “He said he broke into Uber’s systems because the company had weak security. In the Slack message announcing the breach, the person also said Uber drivers should be paid higher.