Careem hit by cyber-attack affecting 14 million users

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Careem, a ride-hailing app and rival of Uber in the Middle East, said Monday it was the victim of a cyber-attack that compromised the data of its clients and employees.

The company said in a message to customers that the attack was detected on January 14, at a time when the app had 14 million users in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey, according to the economic news website Arabian Business.


“We became aware that online criminals gained access to our computer systems which hold customer and captain account data. Customers and captains who have signed up with us since that date (January 14) are not affected,” it said.

Careem, which was founded in Dubai in 2012, stressed it had “seen no evidence of fraud or misuse related to this incident” and vowed to strengthen the network’s security.

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