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Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers

Usenix Enigma Gig economy workers – the fancy new way to describe short-term freelance serfs like Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders – are well in the sights of hackers. That's because they're surprisingly easy to phish. There's no corporate network to protect them. They usually sign up to a task-scheduling app using their personal email …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

The engineer at the center of a massive self-driving car lawsuit – brought by Google-stablemate Waymo against Uber – neglects his kids, is wildly disorganized, and has a large selection of bondage gear, his former nanny has sensationally alleged. Anthony Levandowski may also be paying a Tesla techie for trade secrets, may have …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Jan 2018
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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police. A report by Bloomberg today claimed the dial-a-ride broker built a tool called Ripley to remotely lock and remove potentially incriminating data from machines in …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2018

Fetch calls Uber's bluff: See you in court, bros!

Advertising company Fetch says it wants a federal court to hear its challenge to Uber's claims of 'click fraud' in mobile ads. The American arm of the UK-based ad firm filed a complaint on Tuesday seeking to have a federal court hear its challenge to the suit Uber filed in September of 2017 over the handling of fraudulent ad …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Jan 2018
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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

Uber should be treated as a transport company, not a digital service, the European Court of Justice declared today. The ruling (PDF) said that the service Uber provides "is more than an intermediation service consisting of connecting, by means of a smartphone application, a nonprofessional driver using his or her own vehicle …
Kat Hall, 20 Dec 2017
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Alleged Uber black ops lawyer would rather not have his Xmas holiday ruined by Waymo, ta

Former Uber attorney Craig Clark on Monday filed an emergency motion in a Miami, Florida, court to quash a subpoena directing him to testify in Waymo's trade secret lawsuit against Uber on Thursday on the other side of America in California – because he has holiday plans with his family in the Sunshine State. "[R]equiring …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Dec 2017
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Hacks, bribes and bugs: Uber accused of illegal snooping on rivals

Uber has been accused of illegal intelligence gathering, using non-attributable hardware and software, impersonating drivers and bugging private events, in an explosive set of allegations from a former staffer. The revelations came in a document released as part of competitor Waymo's case against Uber, in which the Alphabet- …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Dec 2017
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The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

The northern city of York has voted against renewing Uber's licence as the backlash against the ride-hailing firm's business practices continues. Uber's licence to run its private hire taxi operations in the city is due to expire at midnight on December 23. But the city council has rejected its application for renewal because …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Dec 2017
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Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach

Canada's privacy commissioner has launched a formal investigation into the massive data breach concealed by the ride-hailing app company Uber. Last month, Uber's new CEO revealed that a year previously the details of 57 million customer and driver accounts had been stolen, but the company had decided not to divulge the breach …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Dec 2017
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Florida Man… pockets Uber cash to keep quiet about data breach

A 20-year-old Florida man who lives with his mom was the "security researcher" that Uber paid off last year not to reveal a massive hack of its systems. In a typically Uber take on network security, the ride-hailing app company paid the man $100,000 in October last year to destroy data he downloaded on 57 million users, …

Hyperloop founder goes on immediate leave following sexual assault 'smear campaign'

The co-founder of tube-traveling startup Hyperloop One and a key Uber investor has left the company effective immediately following allegations of sexual assault. Shervin Pishevar said in a statement on Tuesday that he had decided to "take an immediate leave of absence from my duties" in order to pursue a lawsuit that he filed …

Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

Uber’s request to leapfrog the Court of Appeals and go straight to the UK Supreme Court in its bid to appeal a decision on workers’ rights, has been knocked back. The private taxi app biz had wanted to skip the Court of Appeals and have its case heard in front of the higher court, but its application has been denied. It’s the …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Dec 2017
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Uber hack: EU data protection bods launch taskforce

The European Union’s group of data protection watchdogs has launched a taskforce into the Uber data breach that affected 57 million users worldwide. The Article 29 Working Party discussed the breach, which took place in October 2016 but was only revealed last week, at its November plenary meeting yesterday. The taskforce will …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Nov 2017

We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

Uber caught one of its employees trying to steal documents and save them to his personal computer. He resigned. And then Uber paid him $2m. And hired him back for a year as a consultant for $1m, offering a $1.5m end-of-contract payoff. And paid his lawyer $3m. If that sounds highly improbable to you, you are not alone. Judge …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Nov 2017

Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack

Uber has finally come up with a figure for the number of UK-based riders and drivers affected by its massive data breach: 2.7 million. The taxi hire firm has been slammed by regulators around the world for keeping the hack, which happened in October 2016, quiet for the best part of a year. To make matters worse, when it …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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Uber hack coverup: Your next US state lawsuit arrives in four minutes

Challenged on Monday by US senators to explain its failure to report that it had allowed hackers to grab records on 57 million customers and drivers and then paid hush money in an attempted year-long coverup, Uber has been presented with its second state-backed lawsuit for not alerting authorities to the pilfering. The first …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2017

Judge stalls Uber trade-secret theft trial after learning upstart 'ran a trade-secret stealing op'

A judge today delayed the start of a trade-secret theft case against Uber – after evidence suggesting the upstart operated a secret trade-secret-stealing unit was revealed at the last minute. US district judge William Alsup said it would be a "huge injustice" for the trial to start as scheduled next week, after he was sent a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017
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Uber, quit shoveling money into the fire for one second and explain that hack – US senators

Five US senators on Monday asked ersatz taxi biz and lawsuit magnet Uber to provide more details about how it allowed hackers in 2016 to pilfer personal information for 57 million customers and drivers. The data theft, revealed last week and not to be confused with a May 2014 security blunder, led to a $100,000 bung to the …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Nov 2017

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