According to the Associated Press, a former senior Uber security executive testified this Tuesday that the world's most famous car-hailing company deployed a group of the CIA-trained operatives to monitor and steal secrets from its rivals.
Richard Jacobs, who was Uber's manager of global intelligence from March 2016 until he was let go this April, told the court that the company engaged in controversial cyber intelligence operations overseas with help of the ex-CIA contractors.
Jacobs was testifying as part of the on-going federal investigation into Uber's industrial and cyber espionage activities that has rocked Silicon Valley for the past year.
In its lawsuit against Uber, the car manufacturer Waymo, which designs self-driving vehicles, argued that the taxi-hailing company stole its secret autonomous car technology.
In an interesting twist, technology giant Google owns a 7% stake in Uber while it owns Waymo outright.
The new revelations caused a delay in the court hearing that was originally scheduled for next Monday, so that Waymo may gather further evidence of Uber's misconduct.
This is not the first time that the car-hailing giant has a run-in with the law.
Last week, Uber's Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi revealed that the company unlawfully failed to report a massive hack of its users' personal information to the law enforcement authorities, opting in favor of bribing the cyber criminals instead.
The New York state Attorney General began an investigation into the security breach, which affected 57 million Uber customers and was only possible thanks to the company's failure to take basic security precautions.
Earlier this year, Travis Kalanick, who headed the embattled company before Khosrowshahi, was forced to step down after it was revealed that Uber was allegedly tolerating a rampant culture of sexual harassment and using cyber techniques to deceive law enforcement officers, who were investigating their activities.
Twitter went wild for Uber's epic failure at cyber espionage.
@CIA SOFTBANK AND UBER??— TheAsset (@TheAssetIntel) 28 ноября 2017 г.
STOP THIS FINANCIAL TERRORIST ACTIVITY. THEY HACK & STEAL. THIS IS INSANE!!
Bad hombres. I only found out through many lawsuits that ex CIA / MI6 agents were “advising” Susan Levy (don’t think she knew) and Dominick Dunn re theories about me now proven false. All in court records see Actual Malice. Question is why?? Jay K Gruner https://t.co/cv54dRGDVe— Gary Condit (@realGaryCondit) 29 ноября 2017 г.
If you can afford CIA retired agents why can’t you afford to keep things on tje hush puppy? I dont get it uber. https://t.co/u7aIknYDDT— 🇵🇷Jonmicol🇵🇷 (@Jonmicol) 28 ноября 2017 г.
Russo denies Uber hired ex CIA agents to ensure secrecy of meetings etc— Amy Miller (@Siliconlaw) 28 ноября 2017 г.