Uber links cyberattack to LAPSUS$, says sensitive user data remains protected

Uber has linked its recent cyberattack to an actor (or actors) affiliated with the notorious LAPSUS$ threat group, responsible for breaching the likes of Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia and Okta this year. The announcement came as the ride-hailing giant continues to investigate a network data breach that occurred on Thursday, September 15.

Attacker gained elevated permissions to tools including G-Suite and Slack

In a security update published on Monday, September 19, Uber wrote, “An Uber EXT contractor had their account compromised by an attacker. It is likely that the attacker purchased the contractor’s Uber corporate password on the dark web, after the contractor’s personal device had been infected with malware, exposing those credentials. The attacker then repeatedly tried to log in to the contractor’s Uber account.” Each time, the contractor received a two-factor login approval request, which initially blocked access, it added.

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