Citation: Mideast ride-sharing app Careem says it was hacked (2018, April 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-mideast-ride-sharing-app-careem-hacked.html The Dubai-based competitor to Uber said in a blog post on Monday that it became aware of the hack on Jan. 14 and that it affected “computer systems which hold customer and captain account data.” Careem refers to its drivers as captains.While credit card information remains safe, Careem says that the hackers got access to customers’ name, email addresses, phone numbers and trip data.Careem is one of just a few Gulf startups to be valued at $1 billion. The six-year-old company localized the idea of Uber by also allowing customers to pay by cash.Among its biggest investors is an investment firm chaired by billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and the largely state-owned Saudi Telecom Co. Explore further Egypt court suspends ban on Uber and Careem © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The Mideast ride-sharing app Careem says it has been hacked. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.