Uber had a secret tool to shield data at remote offices from law enforcement: report

Uber employees based in San Francisco could remotely lock down equipment in the company’s foreign offices to stymie local authorities from obtaining any incriminating data, according to a report in Bloomberg.

While many companies have remote “panic buttons” that shut off computers during police raids, Uber’s secret system stood out for the number of times it was employed. The secret tool, called “Ripley” after Sigourney Weaver’s hero from the Alien franchise, was used over two dozen times to thwart potentially valid information-gathering efforts by local officers, sources with knowledge told Bloomberg.

One such instance occurred in Montreal in May 2015. As described by B…

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