Uber taken for a Dark ride

Stolen Uber accounts have become more valuable than credit cards to criminals hard-pressed to overcome increasingly stringent security measures.

According to a report by Trend Micro, for US news channel CNBC, a stolen Uber account can fetch about $4 (R65) on the Dark Web – a corner of the internet that can be accessed only by a Tor browser.

The Dark Web was where the notorious drugs-selling website Silk Road operated.

Stolen credit and debit cards go for a mere 22 US cents.

Also hot property on the Dark Web are Paypal accounts, which sell for $6. Facebook account information costs $3.

Criminals use the Uber accounts to charge for “phantom rides”. A fake driver account is set up and rides – and sometimes non-existent rides – are charged to stolen accounts. Examples of phantom rides can be found on Twitter under the hashtag UberAccountHacked. One victim wrote: “My Uber account has been hacked! I’ve never been to Johannesburg!”

He posted a purported receipt for R1977 for a four-and-a-half hour journey between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Cyber security expert Danny Myburgh said he had not heard of Uber accounts being hacked.

“It is more difficult to do credit card fraud, because there is greater co-operation between banks and credit card companies,” he said.

Uber stressed that its systems were secure.

“We are constantly working to develop new technologies that protect users’ privacy, as well as their personal safety,” said Uber South Africa.

It said they had systems in place to ensure that Uber did not retain credit card information.

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