Nov 29, 2017

Uber accused of 'hiring ex-CIA agents to spy on rivals'

Uber has been accused of hiring a firm that uses former CIA agents to help it spy on rivals overseas. A former Uber security manager alleged in court on Tuesday that the firm used contractors that employed former spies to infiltrate competitors' computers. US federal prosecutors are now investigating the claims, which have delayed indefinitely the trial between Uber and self-driving tech firm Waymo. The trial, in which Waymo - owned by Google parent Alphabet - is accusing Uber of allegedly stealing self-driving car technology trade secrets from it, was due to start next week. The self-driving tech giant filed its lawsuit in April, and in May, Uber announced that it had fired Mr Levandowski after he refused to co-operate with a federal judge's order to hand over evidence and allow his devices to be searched.

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