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Indian Techie Discovers a Bug in Uber, Bags Rs 4.6 Lakh Reward

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber that recently fixed a hacking bug found by Bengaluru-based cybersecurity researcher Anand Prakash which allowed hackers to log into anyone’s Uber account, and paid him $6,500 (nearly Rs 4.6 lakh) as reward.

The bug was an account-takeover-vulnerability on Uber that allowed attackers to take over any other user’s Uber account, including those of partners and Uber Eats users, inc42 reported.

As per media report, the bug was present in the API request function of the Uber app.

According to Uber, the bug was immediately fixed through the company’s bug bounty programme. It also said that over $2 million was paid to more than 600 researchers around the world, including Indian researchers.

Prakash had earlier removed a bug in Uber, by taking advantage of which anyone could travel for free for a lifetime in an Uber cab.

He started his career as a security engineer in Flipkart in 2014.

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In 2016, he founded AppSecure, a cyber security startup.

Prakash has been featured in the Forbes’ “30 under 30 Asia” list.

In 2015, Facebook awarded him $15,000 as bounty for logging in without an account.

A graduate in computer science from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, he also received $5,000 from Uber for booking a free ride and $4,700 from Tinder.

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Prakash has worked with the Bengaluru-based foodtech startup Freshmenu to make their platform secure.

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past. (IANS)

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Uber Lays off 350 Staff Across Eats, Self-driving Wings

Since then its shares have hovered around its $45 IPO price. The company has also seen three board members step down, along with its Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), according to the CNET

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Global ride hailing giant Uber, in its third round of layoffs in 10 weeks, has cut off staff from its self-driving unit and Uber Eats teams, The TechCrunch has reported.

According to an email sent to staffers, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, those hit include staff from Uber Eats, Advanced Technologies Group and recruiting, performance marketing, as well as various teams within the global rides and platform departments.

Several staffers have also been asked to relocate.

“Days like today are tough for us all, and the ELT and I will do everything we can to make certain that we won’t need or have another day like this ahead of us,” Khosrowshahi wrote in the email, according to the report.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

In its last round of layoffs, the firm sacked 400 staffers from its 1,200-member marketing team globally to cut costs and streamline operations.

The ride-hailing giant has had a rocky start after it became a publicly traded company. When it issued its initial public offering in May, its stock fell by nearly 8 per cent.

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Since then its shares have hovered around its $45 IPO price. The company has also seen three board members step down, along with its Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), according to the CNET. (IANS)