Uber Ripley

Not too long ago, there was great scene on the television show The Americans wherein a Russian spy, fearful that the FBI was about to bust in the door and unearth the extent of his illicit activity, pressed a button that completely fried all of the electronics in his makeshift command and control center. While such plot devices are common in Hollywood, a bombshell report from Bloomberg relays that Uber employed a similar strategy in an effort to thwart law enforcement officials from gathering any evidence regarding the ridesharing company's own illicit activity.

Uber of course didn't physically destroy any of their own electronics, but when the appropriate signal was made, machines were frozen and Uber employees were logged off of connected computers, thus making it impossible for police to collect any incriminating evidence.

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Uber had a secret program that froze company computers if the police raided an office originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at 10:31:40 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.