Uber is being investigated by federal authorities over the possibility that it may have bribed individuals or businesses in some of the 80-plus nations where it offers rides, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Department of Justice probe could add to the worries of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

The investigation involves possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA.

Bribery and other grey-area payments are common and open practices in some regions, and the FCPA was created in 1977 to provide a framework for assessing accounting practices and preventing bribery by U.S. companies doing business in other parts of the world.

It was not immediately known whether the inquiry focuses on a few individuals or seeks to map out a pattern of systematic corruption.

Uber said it is cooperating with the investigation, which is in the early stages, Recode reported.

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