Hackers might have hijacked the consumer accounts of a well-liked transportation app and used them to get free rides and entry folks’s private data, in line with a safety researcher.
Omer Attias, a safety researcher at SafeBreach, stated he discovered three vulnerabilities within the Moovit app, which allowed him to gather new Moovit consumer’s registration data from everywhere in the world — together with cellular phone numbers, e mail addresses, residence addresses, and the final 4 digits of bank cards. Worst of all, the bugs might have allowed him to take over different folks’s accounts, and consequently their bank cards, to pay for his personal rides.
This complete chain of exploits might have been carried out with out the goal ever discovering out, other than seeing undesirable expenses on their bank card. Attias known as it “the proper assault.”
“We are able to absolutely impersonate accounts, with out disconnecting them. It’s loopy, we even have the flexibility to carry out all of the operations on behalf of various accounts, together with ordering prepare tickets,” Attias informed TechCrunch in an interview forward of his speak on the Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas. “And moreover, we will entry all of their private data.”
To display the impression of the bugs he discovered, Attias created a customized interface that allowed him to take over different folks’s accounts with a few faucets. And whereas Attias stated he examined his exploits solely in Israel, he stated he thinks it might have labored in different cities provided that Moovit operates everywhere in the world.
Moovit is an Israeli startup that was acquired by Intel in 2020 for $900 million. The app permits customers to seek out routes and think about public transportation methods’ maps, in addition to to buy and use tickets. The app and its underlying know-how are broadly used worldwide: Moovit claims to serve 1.7 billion riders in 3,500 cities throughout 112 international locations.
Whereas the impression of those vulnerabilities was doubtlessly huge, Moovit stated there isn’t a proof that malicious hackers discovered and exploited these bugs. Attias stated that he reported all of the bugs he discovered to the corporate in September 2022, and the corporate subsequently fastened them.
“Moovit was conscious of and rectifying the problem when it was reported, and took quick steps to complete correcting the problem,” Moovit spokesperson Sharon Kaslassi informed TechCrunch. “The vulnerabilities have lengthy since been fastened and no buyer motion is required. It’s vital to notice that no dangerous actors took benefit of those points to entry buyer information. Moreover, no bank card data was uncovered as Moovit and Moovit-Pango don’t preserve bank card data on file.”
Kaslassi additionally stated that “ticketing service related to those findings is lively in Israel solely.”
“In line with our information, neither Safebreach or anybody else took benefit of any buyer information in or outdoors of Israel,” the spokesperson added.
In response to Moovit’s feedback, Attias stated that he and his colleagues “consider we might have charged any buyer not restricted to Israeli clients. We haven’t seen any differentiator between Israeli and non Israeli clients of their API requests.”
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