The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing to see if Uber Technologies used software to illegally interfere with its competitor Lyft, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fred Katayama reports.
The FBI is investigating Uber to see if it accessed Lyft's data without authorization, according to the Wall Street Journal. The investigation is focusing on the now defunct Uber program, internally known as "Hell." The company allegedly used it to create fake Lyft customer accounts to seek rides and track nearby Lyft drivers and their prices. The program also allowed Uber to obtain data on Lyft drivers and lure them with cash incentives. Uber did not respond to Reuters' request for comment. Cyber security expert Adam Levin: (SOUNDBITE) ADAM LEVIN, CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER, CYBERSCOUT, AUTHOR OF "SWIPED" (ENGLISH) SAYING: "It's always very concerning when one company is involved in spying on another company. And it many parts of the world, it's considered illegal. But companies do it. They probably gonna continue to do till more and more of them are caught doing it. And it can be a reputation killer for a company." Only recently, Uber pulled a heavily criticized feature from its app that allowed it to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip. The report of the FBI investigation comes days after Uber named Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive. He is expected to help Uber deal with a range of other legal problems. That includes a criminal investigation by the Justice Department. It's looking into whether Uber used a software that helped it evade local transportation regulators.