Cybercriminals once again pulled out another hacking stunt which has sent chills to everybody’s spine.
Amid the Ukrainian invasion, hackers targeted a Russian taxi app by sending hundreds of drivers to the same destination, resulting in severe traffic jams in Moscow.
On Thursday, September 1, it was announced that Yandex Taxi, a Russian service similar to Uber that enables users to order taxis to their location, had been targeted.
In a statement seen by TechEconomy, the company confirmed the cyberattack:
‘On the morning of September 1, Yandex Taxi encountered an attempt by attackers to disrupt the service — several dozen drivers received bulk orders to the Fili region,’ the company said in a statement to Forbes.ru.
As a result of the hack, taxis flooded Moscow’s Kutuzovsky Prospekt – a major road that runs east to the west leading into the centre of the Russian capital.
The company said its security department ‘immediately stopped attempts to artificially’ order the taxis. However, this was not enough to stop the gridlock.
‘Drivers still spent about 40 minutes in traffic jams due to fake orders. The issue of compensation will be resolved in the near future,’ the company said.