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Uber investigating cybersecurity incident after hacker breaches its internal network  

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Uber confirmed on Thursday that it’s responding to a cybersecurity incident after reports claimed a hacker had breached its internal network. The ride-hailing giant discovered the breach on Thursday and has taken several of its internal communications and engineering systems offline while it investigates the incident, according to a  report by The New York Times , which broke the news of the breach.   Uber said in a statement given to TechCrunch that it’s investigating a cybersecurity incident and is in contact with law enforcement officials, but declined to answer additional questions. The sole hacker behind the beach, who claims to be 18 years old, told the NYT that he compromised Uber because the company had weak security. The attacker reportedly used social engineering to compromise an employee’s Slack account, persuading them to hand over a password that allowed them access to Uber’s systems. This has become a popular tactic in recent attacks against well-known companies, including Twilio , Mailchimp, and Okta . Shortly before the Slack system was taken offline on Thursday afternoon, Uber employees received a message that read, “I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach”, the NYT reports. The hacker also reportedly said that Uber drivers should receive higher pay.   According to Kevin Reed, CISO at cybersecurity company Acronis, the attacker found high privileged credentials on a network file share and used them to access everything, including production systems, Uber’s Slack management interface, and the company’s EDR portal.

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