There has been an investigation going on around Uber’s May 2014 data breach citing ‘sources familiar with the situation’ by United States Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation around the company. Let’s get back to the May 2014 incident when Uber’s database was breached by an unknown third party, and revealed the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 drivers throughout the country.
This year, in February, Uber confirmed the data breach. Since then Reuters said that the IP address associated with the security key used in the breach was linked to Lyft Chief Technology Officer Chris Lambert. What Reuters reported back in October was different from Uber’s court documents. Unlike Reuters, the documents made no direct connection between the IP address used, the data breach and the hacker.
Lambert’s attorney told Reuters that he “had nothing to do” with the breach. Lyft has also previously said that it conducted its own investigation, and concluded that none of its employees had anything to do with the breach. Meanwhile, Reuters was told by the Department of Justice spokesperson Abraham Simmons that he could not confirm or deny a criminal probe.
Though there have been speculations regarding Uber’s breach, the company has refused to comment further on this topic. Perhaps for the time being, it will prefer to remain silent till criminal investigation gets its verdict.