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Uber fraud: Scammer takes the ride, victim gets the bill

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 22, 2016.

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    The traditional meaning of people “getting taken for a ride” is that they are victims of a scam.

    But in the world of online ride-hailing services, the scammer gets taken for the ride – a free ride – while the victim ends up with the bill.

    The scams have come to be called “ghost” or “phantom” rides, made possible when cyber criminals steal login credentials from users of a ride service like Uber, and then sell them to fraudsters on the Dark Web.

    It does not appear that a breach of the provider Uber, is the cause of a spike in credentials for sale on the Dark Web, but it is another reminder that popular apps without rigorous security and privacy protections that are implemented by users are an attractive, and relatively easy, target for online thieves.

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