Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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.

Some Uber employees felt the system hindered legitimate investigations, while others believed its use was justified when police didn't come with warrants or specific-enough data requests, according to Bloomberg, which first on Ripley Thursday.

Ripley was developed by Uber's security and legal teams; Joe Sullivan and Salle Yoo, who respectively ran the company's security and legal departments, have since left Uber. They page a number which alerts specially trained staff at Uber's headquarters when offices are faced with a raid.

"Employees aware of its existence eventually took to calling it Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver's flamethrower-wielding hero in the Alien movies". "That's the only unusual thing here to me", he said, pointing out that most companies will use very common end-point management software.

Last February, the NYT revealed Uber used a Greyball software tool that showed officers a fake app to avoid driver tickets. 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.

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Uber's use of Greyball was recorded in late 2014, when an enforcement inspector in Portland, Oregon, tried to hail an Uber vehicle downtown in a sting operation against the company.b Uber quickly identified them as city officials, based on data collected from the app and in other ways. Kalanick was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi.

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 branch offices that were being raided by cops.

A spokesperson for Uber said: "Like every company with offices around the world, we have security procedures in place to protect corporate and customer data". The company now uses a tool called ULocker that can remotely lock and encrypt devices.

Most companies don't expect police to raid their offices, but Uber isn't most companies. The company also said its policy is to cooperate with all valid searches and requests for data.

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

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