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Uber Probes Hacker’s Claim to Have Penetrated Key Databases

  • Business operations normal after hacker messages employees
  • Uber is looking into claims its databases were breached
The Uber Technologies headquarters in San Francisco.
The Uber Technologies headquarters in San Francisco.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Uber Technologies Inc. has shut down internal Slack messaging as it investigates a cybersecurity breach by a hacker claiming to have accessed sensitive company data.

Employees on Thursday received a Slack message from an unknown person claiming “I am a hacker,” according to one person with knowledge of the matter. The perpetrator co-opted a staff member’s account and claimed to have gained access also to internal databases, the person said. The cyberattacker was an 18-year-old who managed to infiltrate a plethora of internal systems, providing snapshots of emails and code repositories to prove his exploits, the New York Times reported.