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Uber paid an Indian researcher Rs. 4.6 lakh for detecting bug that allowed customers to take free rides

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The Uber bug was discovered in 2017

Ride-hailing app Uber had a bug in its system that allowed customers to take free rides internationally. The firm was unaware of the bug till an Indian researcher pointed it out. Anand Prakash is an moral hacker and founding father of a cyber safety agency. He was paid about ₹4.6 lakh rewards by Uber for detecting the bug.

Prakash found the bug in 2017 and shared the incident in a LinkedIn submit. 

“I used to be capable of take a number of journeys to the US and India with out paying any cash, all because of this bug(after taking due permission from workforce for replicating this bug). All I needed to do was guide a trip and use an invalid cost technique and the trip ended up going as free. ( I even made a video to indicate proof-of-concept to indicate that every one I needed to do was specify an invalid cost technique, expressed in a easy string of characters like “abc” or “xyz,” and never be billed for the trip,” Prakash posted on Linkedin.

“We play satan’s advocates on a regular basis and they also’re capable of safeguard corporates and prospects the way in which they do,” he wrote additional.

Prakash then knowledgeable Uber in regards to the bug which was instantly mounted by the corporate.

Meanwhile, Uber has introduced new options for its customers to enhance their trip expertise to airports. These embody increasing the supply of Uber Reserve, instructions to pickup, strolling ETAs and extra. Announcing the options through a weblog submit, the corporate stated “Our purpose at Uber is that will help you go wherever effortlessly, which is why we’re thrilled to announce a collection of recent merchandise aimed toward making your airport expertise smoother than ever”.

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