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Uber Hires Hackers For Secure Its Cars


Uber Hires Hackers To Secure its Cars

Uber, which is based in San Francisco, has made security a top focus this year after a breach of its computer systems in February. The breach potentially exposed the names and driver’s license identification numbers of as many as 50,000 of the company’s drivers.


Uber's Security team works to ensure the security of all code, systems and data used by our riders, drivers and partners. Application Security is responsible for working with engineers to design, build, advise and review security concerns across a diverse variety of projects.

Uber works on to secure their vehicles and hiring two hackers named Mr. Miller and Mr. Valasek

Mr. Miller and Mr. Valasek have made car hacking a focus. In August, the two demonstrated at the Black Hat and Def Con hacking conferences a way to control hundreds of thousands of vehicles remotely.

This year, Uber hired Mr. Sullivan, a respected information security engineer, away from Facebook.

Computer security engineers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek will work in Uber’s Pittsburgh offices,

Uber’s chief security officer, and John Flynn, chief information security officer. Together, they’ll work toward “building out a world-class safety and security program at Uber.”

“I’ve been in security for more than 10 years, and I’ve worked on computers and phones,” Miller told the New York Times last month. “This time, I wanted to do something that my grandmother would understand. If I tell her, ‘I can hack into your car,’ she understands what that means.”

Source: Nytimes

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