In the midst of the Ukrainian invasion, hackers attacked a Russian taxi app by sending hundreds of drivers to the same destination, resulting in severe traffic jams in Moscow.
On Thursday, September 1, it was announced that Yandex Taxi, a Russian service similar to Uber that enables users to order taxis to their location, had been targeted. Later, the business released a statement confirming the occurrence.
According to a statement given to Forbes.ru, “On the morning of September 1, Yandex Taxi met an effort by attackers to disrupt the service—a number of dozen drivers got mass orders to the Fili region.”
Due to the hack, Kutuzovsky Prospekt in Moscow, a significant thoroughfare running from east to west and going into the Russian capital, was overrun with cabs.
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.
No one has taken responsibility for the hack, but it comes as Vladimir Putin’s forces continue their invasion of Ukraine.