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Uber Technologies Inc. said Friday that all its apps are operational and that no evidence has been found to show that an intrusion into its computer systems exposed any users’ personal information.

In a blog post on its website, Uber
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said it believes no trip history information was exposed, and that its apps for ride-hailing, food delivery and freight were all up and running. The company reiterated that it notified law enforcement about the security breach, which was first reported Thursday night.

An Uber spokesman did not respond to a request for further comment about whether the company’s apps were affected by the breach at any point.

The company was hacked and its internal systems were accessed Thursday, according to the New York Times, which reported that Uber found out about the hack when employees received a message on Slack that read, “I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach.”

The newspaper also reported that the hacker said he was 18 years old; had gained access by fooling an Uber employee into thinking he was corporate IT; and that he had said in the Slack message to employees that Uber drivers should be paid more.

The news of the hack coincided with testimony Friday by Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi in the trial of Uber’s former security chief, Joe Sullivan, who is accused of covering up a 2016 security breach at Uber. That breach, which the company admitted to a year later, exposed millions of riders’ names, emails, phone numbers and about 600,000 driver’s license numbers.

Also according to the San Francisco-based company’s blog post Friday, it was bringing back online internal software tools that it took offline as a precaution after the security breach Thursday.

Shares of Uber fell 3.6% Friday to close at $31.93, and are down almost 24% year to date, while the S&P 500 index
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has dropped 18.2% in 2022.

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