Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark - Bloomberg


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In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into Uber Technologies Inc. ’s office in Montreal. The authorities believed Uber had…
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Like managers at Uber’s hundreds of offices abroad, they’d been trained to page a number that alerted specially trained staff at company headquarters in San Francisco. When the call came in, staffers quickly remotely logged off every computer in the Montreal office, making it practically impossible for the authorities to retrieve the company records they’d obtained a warrant to collect. The investigators left without any evidence.
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Most tech companies don’t expect police to regularly raid their offices, but Uber isn’t most companies. The ride-hailing startup’s reputation for flouting local labor laws and taxi rules has made it a favorite target for law enforcement agencies around the world. That’s where this remote system, called Ripley, comes in. From spring 2015 until late 2016, Uber routinely used Ripley to thwart police raids in foreign countries, say three people with knowledge of the system. Allusions to its nature can be found in a smattering of court filings, but its details, scope, and origin haven’t been previously reported.
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At this point Uber should best be described not as a business or startup, but as a racket, a criminal enterprise.

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Bloomberg sources: in 2015-2016 Uber used “Ripley” tool to remotely shut down the company's devices and shield files and data from police raids in foreign countries
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RT : Uber evidence destruction tool: Ripley, an entire product built to hide evidence from law enforcement
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En cas de perquisition de police, Uber a un protocole d'urgence - Ripley - qui permet de déconnecter les ordinateurs pour empêcher l'accès aux données. Il a déjà été utilisé à Paris. https://t.co/WPXSEQ9pZV http://pic.twitter.com/gENKBDqzrw

— Olivier Tesquet (@oliviertesquet) January 11, 2018
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The Uber HQ team overseeing Ripley could remotely change passwords and otherwise lock up data on company-owned smartphones, laptops, and desktops as well as shut down the devices. This routine was initially called the unexpected visitor protocol.
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<p>In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into Uber Technologies Inc.’s office in Montreal. The authorities believed Uber had violated tax laws and had a warrant to collect evidence. Managers on-site knew what to do, say people with knowledge of the event.

Like managers at Uber’s hundreds of offices abroad, they’d been trained to page a number that alerted specially trained staff at company headquarters in San Francisco. When the call came in, staffers quickly remotely logged off every computer in the Montreal office, making it practically impossible for the authorities to retrieve the company records they’d obtained a warrant to collect. The investigators left without any evidence.

Most tech companies don’t expect police to regularly raid their offices, but Uber isn’t most companies.</p>


The tool is called Ripley:
<p>From spring 2015 until late 2016, Uber routinely used Ripley to thwart police raids in foreign countries, say three people with knowledge of the system. Allusions to its nature can be found in a smattering of court filings, but its details, scope, and origin haven’t been previously reported.

The Uber HQ team overseeing Ripley could remotely change passwords and otherwise lock up data on company-owned smartphones, laptops, and desktops as well as shut down the devices. This routine was initially called the unexpected visitor protocol.</p>


In <a href="https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/951491737540808704">the words of Matt Stoller</a>: "Uber often looks like a criminal conspiracy that happens to run a ride-sharing service."
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Ripley, an entire product built to hide evidence from law enforcement
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Uber is an ethical cesspool.

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