Uber Used Clandestine Technology Tool To Thwart Police Raids

Chatterjee, Pratap

Publisher:  CorpWatch
Date Written:  17/01/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23142

Uber uses a number of technological tools for tax evasion, undermining competition and monitoring customers and drivers.



Uber, the global taxi technology company, has been using a clandestine tool named "Ripley" to thwart government oversight of the ride-sharing company by restricting access to company computers. The tool is named after Ellen Ripley, the heroine of Alien, the science fiction movie series.

"Imagine that you're in an Uber office abroad, and you see the authorities, the tax authorities, coming, and they're about to raid your office," Olivia Zaleski of Bloomberg news who first revealed Ripley to the public, told Marketplace radio. "You press a button on your phone and it routes to Uber's headquarters in San Francisco. And there, a member of the security team initiates a program ... that will shut down all the computers in your office abroad."

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