Uber job postings on LinkedIn after cyber breach spark memefest: Thanks to hackers who create opportunities

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Uber job postings on LinkedIn have become very popular on social media. Netizens are amused by how the company wanted to hire candidates for several security engineer positions. Last week, an 18-year-old hacker broke into Uber’s internal systems and reached company tools like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, and employees thought someone was playing a prank. The hacker made himself known to Uber employees by posting a message on the company’s internal communication system Slack.

When Uber posted these job listings, netizens had a big day on Twitter. They even thanked the hackers for creating job roles. “Thanks for all the black hackers who give us job opportunities,” one user tweeted. “Dear cybersecurity newbies, it’s been barely a week since the Uber breach happened and there are up to 8 cybersecurity professional vacancies. This should motivate you to further develop your career in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a good reason,” said another.

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Third, tweeted: “Ahhh, you gotta love things that don’t need a press release to make them obvious. Uber says “oops” about job boards.”

For the unexperienced, last week screenshots of Uber employees sharing that the app was hacked went viral on social media. “I announce that I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,” read screenshots of the message circulating on Twitter.

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The hacker then listed confidential company information and posted a hashtag stating that Uber “underpays its drivers.”

The alleged hacker’s Slack message “was so brazen that many Uber employees initially seemed to have taken it for a joke,” reports the Washington Post.

Some employees even responded to the hacker with emojis like sirens and popcorn, as well as the “It’s Happening” GIF.

An unnamed Uber employee told bug bounty hunter and security engineer Sam Curry that the employees interacted with the hacker, thinking “they were playing a joke.”

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Uber said in a statement it was investigating a “cybersecurity incident” while taking Slack offline for employees.

The hacker reportedly said he broke into Uber’s systems because “they had weak security.”

— with agency entries

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