U.S. Justice Department probing data breach at Uber?

Joseph Menn and Dan Levine report:

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber, including an examination of whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said.

Earlier this year, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers’ names and their license numbers had been improperly downloaded. An investigation by Uber determined that an Internet address potentially associated with the breach can be traced to Lyft’s technology chief, Chris Lambert, Reuters reported in October.

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