Thousands of users of the Uber app reported their accounts had been hacked or hijacked.
Back in early 2015, a BBC news reporter Tom Heyden, posted this in the BBC News Magazine:
"Bilaal, your Uber is arriving now," my dad was told.
My dad's name is Ed. And he hadn't requested an Uber car.
He wasn't alone. US website Motherboard reported "hundreds of thousands" Uber account details were available to buy for as little as $1 each, on the anonymous "dark web".
Another story featuring celebrity Anthea Turner hit the media back in 2015.
Funny though, TfL never commented on any of these story at the time, even though they knew what was going on.
2.7 UK Uber accounts had been hacked and many customers couldn’t close down their accounts because the hackers had changed the login details. Accounts were being sold on the dark web.
The stories soon disappeared even though other celebrities and dignitaries had also been hacked.
Posted April 8th 2015:
On that day, Anthea Turner like many Uber London customers, woke up to find that her rider account had been accessed illegally, by a third party who had been using her account over the bank Holliday Weekend.
Anthea made this tweet at 10:53 yesterday morning after discovering the money had already been taken from her bank account.
Many people (who use the same password for multiple applications) have found their personal bank details and social media platforms have also been accessed. TfL have never mentioned this either.
Anthea had been unable to find help from Uber as their twitter helpline has been swamped with customer complaints.
Uber denied reports that a major hack had taken place.
In fact, Uber responded by immediately taking down their London user Twitter account and replaced it with a nation user account, hopping this would dilute the complaint statistics after the major security breach started to surface.
Uber again denied their systems have been hacked.
Nine months previously, their systems were breached, but with drivers details stolen... including; drivers names, addresses and credit card details.
Amazingly, Uber said nothing about this for five months, according to the New York Times.
Anthea's celebrity friend, hard man actor Tamer Hassan had this bit of advice for her at the time:
Around the same time, 35-year-old record producer Mike Crossley alleged that over the course of 10 days, someone took 142 Uber rides using his account — racking up a £3,000 bill.
"Most of the time they were using the expensive luxury service to run up the bill," he said.
"They were quite random although there was an address in Westminster they went to more than once."
Uber denied there had been a breach — but hurriedly refund customers.
It wasn't until 2017, we found out just how big the hack had actually been. 2.7 million UK accounts had been hacked, 57 million world wide and Uber had covered it up
Here are some more hacks reported at that time on Twitter
Next Week's Special Report...Uber's Spy In The Sky... GreyBall.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:
The advice given below, was taken from an UBER driver forum post, on how to beat the Gatwick out of licencing area situation:
"I'll go physically into the McD's on the N road and sit with a coffee with the app still running. It can surely then be claimed to be accidental in that case if there's an issue."
Also, incase you may have missed this:
Recorded clip from the Cristo show on LBC, an Uber driver discusses how his system is set up to deceive and over charge the Uber customer.