Uber Passwords From Hacked Accounts Reportedly Selling Online for $1

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »


According to a Motherboard report, stolen Uber user accounts are being traded in the shadier corners of the Web, changing hands for as little as $1 each.

(NATIONAL) — Do you use Uber, the controversial ride sharing company where you can use a smartphone app to hail a ride in a private car driven by a complete stranger that you know nothing about? But this is the first time we’ve seen a high-profile sale of Uber account info, enabling people who pay for the stolen details to log in to Uber and take rides using someone else’s account. While it is best known for being used for things like black market drug sales and even child pornography, the Dark Web also enables anonymous whistle blowing by political dissidents and protects users from surveillance and censorship, to some degree.

These accounts can also lead criminals to sensitive information such as email addresses, phone numbers, home and work addresses and also the customer’s trip history. Although the actual credit card data is not included in the information for sale, each Uber account is linked to a card for instant billing. “We investigated and found no evidence of a breach,” said Uber in response to Motherboard’s article. “Attempting to fraudulently access or sell accounts is illegal and we notified the authorities about this report.

This is a good opportunity to remind people to use strong and unique usernames and passwords and to avoid reusing the same credentials across multiple sites and services.” If you use your Uber password elsewhere, now might be a good time to change it. Motherboard’s Joseph Cox dug about and contacted some of the people today whose accounts leaked, confirming that at least some of the accounts are legit: Motherboard received a sample of names and passwords obtainable and verified that at least some of the accounts were active by contacting these users.

Trip history, phone numbers, and email addresses could also be exposed through the unauthorized use of someone else’s details, and based on Motherboard’s investigating they seem to be genuine accounts. Back in February, the company reported that details for 50,000 of its drivers could have leaked out into the public domain, while the firm also had to take extra steps to ensure passenger and driver safety on the roads. Uber users have had to deal with leaked information before; over 50,000 drivers had their account details exposed last year thanks to a security screw-up.

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