Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

The system was named for the heroine of the

It then adds, "Like managers at Uber's hundreds of offices overseas, they'd been trained to page a number that alerted specially trained staff at company headquarters in San Francisco".

The nickname for the tool, meanwhile, is said to be inspired by a quote from Ellen Ripley, the heroine played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien film franchise. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Uber employees based in San Francisco had the ability to remotely lock down equipment in the company's foreign offices to block local authorities from obtaining any incriminating data.

An Uber tool called Greyball used data collected from the Uber app and other methods to find and circumvent officials, the NYT reported on Friday.

Reipley's implementation supposedly came after Belgian police raided Uber offices in March 2015, and were able to access the company's payments system, as well as obtain financial documents and information about drivers and employees. The investigators were said to have left empty handed.

The Uber HQ team overseeing Ripley could remotely change passwords and otherwise lock up data on company-owned smartphones, laptops, and desktops as well as shut down the devices.
Ensign could not immediately say if Uber has used that to protect data from law enforcement as well.

Bloomberg notes that Uber isn't the only company to remotely lock up computer systems when the police turn up, but most companies will unlock them after reviewing the warrants and ensuring everything is in order.

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Like every company with offices around the world, we have security procedures in place to protect corporate and customer data, an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider.

Uber subsequently complied with authorities when the judge issued a second warrant. Ripley was used at least two dozen times, according to the report, which some consider to be an obstruction of justice. Uber's on-site managers followed protocol and alerted company headquarters about what was happening. The software let the company target certain individuals, like police, and show them a mock-up version of the app with no cars available. Think of it as a panic button and Uber is calling it "Ripley". "When it comes to government investigations, it's our policy to cooperate with all valid searches and requests for data".

In December 2016, an ex-Uber security employee, Ward Spangenberg, made a sworn statement saying he was part of an "incident response team" that helped remotely erase data when Revenu Québec raided the company's Montreal offices in 2015. We also send freebies and lots of other goodies exclusively to our email subscribers.

As for software like Ripley, Prey or uLocker, Uber said there's nothing secretive about it.

A Bloomberg report claims that Uber had a system it used to disrupt government investigations.

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