Uber Reportedly Had System to Stymie Police Raids

Jon Howard
January 13, 2018

Uber used it at least two dozen times in situations with authorities in foreign countries, according to Bloomberg.

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 were armed with the appropriate warrants, but managers on site had already paged Uber's head office in San Francisco.

Sigourney Weaver as Warrant Officer Ripley in the hit film Alien 3 - the inspiration for Uber's latest software tool.

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. Their rides would be cancelled or would never arrive.

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. Kalanick was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi.

Should law enforcement show up to raid any of its offices overseas, managers had been instructed to page a number to warn staff at Uber's San Francisco headquarters, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg News.

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.

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Most recently, Uber was blasted by lawmakers after a disclosure related to the Waymo lawsuit revealed that Uber paid off hackers to keep quiet about a data breech that stole the personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers.

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi addressing his new team at Uber's San Francisco headquarters in late August.

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

The ability to lock down devices wasn't limited to computers, according to the report.

The ride-sharing company Uber confirms it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided offices outside the U.S.

Uber is reported to have used remote shutdowns of computers to thwart police raids. The company also said its policy is to cooperate with all valid searches and requests for data.

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