ber hack claims probed… as black taxi drivers prepare to strike

An investigation into claims that Uber customers have fallen victim to hackers on the dark web has widened as one user told how his account had been used for a ride 3,000 miles away.

US authorities are said to be probing complaints of phantom Uber rides in the States after reports British users of the car-booking app had been charged for journeys they did not make.

After TV presenter Anthea Turner claimed her account was “hacked”, French photographer Antoine Doyen told the Standard he was having lunch in Montreal, Canada, when he received a message saying an Uber car was ready to pick him up — in west London.

Mr Doyen, 32, who lives in Paris, cancelled the cab but found it had recently been used for a £5.70 journey in the area. He removed his credit card from the account and “it seemed to stop”.

US website Motherboard has claimed 2,884 Uber accounts have been sold on the dark web market AlphaBay. But Uber says it has no knowledge of an FBI investigation and says it reports any fraudulent activity to US authorities.

It came as black cab drivers threatened to blockade Transport for London’s Victoria HQ today to force it to impose tougher rules on minicabs.

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