Digital Thieves Are Riding With Stolen Accounts Of Uber Users
This was something very likely to happen: some people are misemploying the stolen Uber accounts.
Earlier it was reported by a technology news website Motherboard that Uber accounts were on sale via online black market for $1 only. Now the sources have confirmed that the victims have been complaining for being charged for unmade trips.
Apparently a victim, Phil Turner, told Motherboard in an email: “It happened this morning I got a notification on my phone from Uber saying ‘your taxi was on its way/it arrived’ etc., but thought it must be a glitch of the app.”
The victim then shared, as per he reported, Uber’s response on the scenario. When he contacted Uber representative for clarification, the representative enlightened him saying: “I’ve checked your account details and it looks like someone has accessed your account illegitimately. We believe that your email account may have been hacked as access was gained to your account by sending a password reset link to your email.”
The representative mitigated Turner’s worries by changing password of his account. More importantly, Uber has reportedly started making refunds for the misused money. Some people believe that Uber was under huge public pressure so it responded very efficiently. Uber contacted the victims within the period of 1-2 days for consolation.
When Motherboard revealed this story, it claimed that it was contacted with couple of other dealers who had more than 100 Uber accounts to sell. But Uber declined these claims saying if someone was trying to do such an illegal thing it didn’t mean he had the valid cards.
Whatsoever, the breach can not be denied especially after going through couple of testaments. The fact is that Uber is not the only one who is being scandalized on dark web, there are others too — some very famous companies including Amazon, and Netflix.
Here the users need to be proactive in maintaining their digital accounts. Some important suggestions regarding this were given by an Uber spokesman who said:
“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 avoid reusing the same credentials across multiple sites and services.”
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.