A hacker group named ‘Team Unknown’ has allegedly hacked Ola Cabs. The group claims it hacked the company’s user base over the weekend, and posted about it on Reddit. Update: An Ola Cabs spokesperson has reverted to our email saying, “There has been no security lapse, whatsoever to any user data. The alleged hack seems to have been performed on a staging environment when exposed for one of our test runs. The staging environment is on a completely different network compared to our production environment, and only has dummy user values exclusively used for internal testing purposes. We confirm that there has been no attempt by the hackers to reach out to us in this regard. Security and privacy of customer data is paramount to us at Ola.”
The hacker group describes the hacking of Ola Cabs as “winning a lottery.” The hacked details contain names, credit card details and voucher codes of Ola Cabs’ users. It is unclear what the group plans to do with these details, but it allays fears saying, “It’s obvious that we won’t be using credit card details and voucher codes.” It also claims to have reached out to the company to inform them about the hack, but is waiting for them to revert.
The Reddit post also contains screenshots as a proof of the hack. These screenshots show personal details of the users, database entries including transaction history, as well as the codes that can be used to retrieve information from the Ola Cabs database.
BGR India has reached out to Ola Cabs to respond to these hacking claims, and we will update the story as and when we hear from them.
Rather than holding Ola Cabs to ransom, this is on the lines of the Gaana.com hack, which essentially wanted to highlight the vulnerability in the company’s security.