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Hackers targeted a Russian taxi app on Thursday, sending hundreds of drivers to the same Moscow address causing huge traffic jams in the city centre.
Yandex Taxi, a Russian app similar to Uber that allows users to order cabs to their location, was reported to have been targeted in the morning. The company later confirmed the incident in a statement.
‘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 to Moscow’s Kutuzovsky Prospekt – a major road that runs east to west leading into the centre of the Russian capital.
With its eight to ten lanes, Kutuzovsky Prospekt is rarely jammed. However, drivers spent about 40 minutes in traffic due to the fake pick-up orders.
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.
It noted that it had already addressed the vulnerability that enabled the hack.