Lyft's CTO accused of hacking Uber

Serious accusations between two heated rivals.

Uber hack Lyft CTO drivers' information
Zach Miners/IDG News Service

Uber recently submitted new court filings seeking more information on an IP address believed to be involved in a hack that was made public in February, in which the names and email addresses of 50,000 of its drivers were stolen. And two anonymous sources reportedly told Reuters that the IP address points to Chris Lambert, the chief technology officer of Uber's main competitor, Lyft.

In court papers, Uber claims the Comcast IP address was used to access a security key in the breach, and is seeking more information to identify who was using the address. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler has said that the information Uber is seeking with the subpoena is "'reasonably likely' to help reveal the 'bad actor' responsible for the hack," according to Reuters.

Officially, Uber's court filing does not connect the IP address to the hack, and even claims it is not the source of the hack's origin, according to Reuters.

Two off-the-record sources, however, reportedly pointed to Lyft's CTO. Lyft has staunchly declined the claims. From the Reuters article:

On Monday, Lyft spokesman Brandon McCormick said the company had investigated the matter "long ago" and concluded "there is no evidence that any Lyft employee, including Chris, downloaded the Uber driver information or database, or had anything to do with Uber's May 2014 data breach."

However, Reuters pointed out that McCormick declined to comment on whether the IP address belonged to Lambert.

Uber and Lyft have been known to go to extreme lengths to interfere with each others' drivers, including deliberately ordering and canceling high volumes of ride requests, and even paying people to request rides solely for the purpose of recruiting the driver.

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