Moscow traffic gridlock as Russian taxi company is hacked
A Russian taxi app was the target of suspected hacking, when hundreds of drivers were sent to the same address in Moscow, causing wall-to-wall traffic jams across the capital.
Yandex Taxi, a Russian app similar to Uber that allows users to order cabs to their location by their smartphone, confirmed the incident in a statement.
"On the morning of September 1, Yandex Taxi encountered an attempt by attackers to disrupt the service — several dozen drivers received bulk orders to the Fili region," the company said in a statement.
Taxis were filmed flooding to Moscow's Kutuzovsky Prospekt - a major ten-lane road that cuts straight through the centre of the Russian capital. Footage from inside one of the cabs showed dozens of yellow vehicles barely moving, all trying to move in the same direction.