Uber Might Have Been Trying To Dodge Investigations With This Tool

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The program was reportedly used at least two dozen times in cities such as Quebec, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris during police raids of Uber offices. Ripley allowed engineers based at the ride-hailing company's San Francisco headquarters to quickly deny remote access to driver and customer data.

Uber has been using a secret tool known as "Ripley" to hide incriminating data from police, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The nickname for the tool, meanwhile, is said to be inspired by a quote from Ellen Ripley, the heroine played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien film franchise.

The use of this tool raises questions for Uber simply because there is now a growing list of eyebrow-raising technological tactics the company has employed during its meteoric rise from Bay Area phenomenon to global powerhouse over the past nine years.

The report details an example back in 2015, when authorities raided Uber's Montreal office under the belief that the company had violated tax laws.

Uber doesn't have a very good relationship with regulators, and by that I mean it seems to do everything it can to avoid letting them do any investigation into the company. And Waymo, Google's self-driving auto company, has sued Uber claiming that its self-driving vehicle technology is based on trade secrets effectively stolen during Uber's purchase of Otto, a self-driving truck company started by former Google employee Anthony Levandowski. For instance, if an employee loses their laptop, we have the ability to remotely log them out of Uber's systems to prevent someone else from accessing private user data through that laptop.

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Uber is serious about "security" in it offices.when it comes to evidence.and hiding that from the police.that show up with search warrants.

Uber is said to have even considered a system called uLocker, which would present law enforcement officials with a dummy login screen.

Less than a week after Greyball was exposed, Uber said it stopped using the software.

According to Bloomberg, 'The Uber HQ team overseeing Ripley could remotely change passwords and otherwise lock up data on company-owned smartphones, laptops, and desktops as well as shut down the devices'.

"Like every company with offices around the world, we have security procedures in place to protect corporate and customer data", an Uber spokeswoman said.