Uber said Thursday it was responding to a cybersecurity incident, after The New York Times reported that a hack penetrated the company’s network and caused it to take several communications and internal engineering.
A hacker compromised an employee’s workplace messaging app Slack, then used it to send a message to Uber employees announcing he had suffered a data breach, The Times reported. quoting an Uber spokesperson.
It appears the hacker may have accessed other internal company systems, posting an explicit photo on an internal employee information page, the report adds. “We are in contact with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available,” Uber said in a tweet without providing further details.
The Slack system was taken offline Thursday afternoon by Uber after employees received the hacker’s message, according to the Times report, citing two employees who were not authorized to speak publicly.
“I am announcing that I am a hacker and that Uber has suffered a data breach,” the message reads, and goes on to list several internal databases that were allegedly compromised, the report adds.
Company staff have been instructed not to use Slack, which is owned by Salesforce Inc, according to the report. Other internal systems would also have been inaccessible.