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October 9, 2015updated 30 Aug 2016 10:36am

Did Lyft CTO hack Uber?

News: Reuters exclusive reveals Uber is checking connection between a hack and the Lyft CTO.

By Charlotte Henry

In a dramatic turn of events, the IP address cited in legal proceedings by Uber in its court case looking into a massive data breach from May 2014 links to the CTO of its US rival, Lyft.

Reuters has revealed that a Comcast IP address, which had access to a security key during the breach of up to 50,000 of Uber drivers’ names and license numbers, was assigned to Lyft’s technology chief, Chris Lambert.

While the court papers do not draw a direct connection between that IP address and the one at the source of the breach, a Magistrate in the US said that getting the Comcast records was "reasonably likely" to out the "bad actor" responsible.

Earlier this week a Lyft spokesman strenuously denied the claim, and said: "There is no evidence that any Lyft employee, including Chris, downloaded the Uber driver information or database, or had anything to do with Uber’s May 2014 data breach."

He also said that the login credentials for the Uber driver database had been "publicly accessible for months before and after the breach."

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