wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

,

Former Uber executive, who covered up data breach by paying hackers $100,000 in Bitcoin, charged

The government of the United States of America has charged former Uber executive Joe Sullivan with covering up a massive data breach in 2016 by paying the hackers responsible a sum of USD 100,000 in Bitcoin in exchange for their silence. Data of approximately 57 million Uber users and drivers was leaked in this breach. It included driving license numbers of approximately 600,000 people who drove for the company. Sullivan was Uber’s chief of security between 2015 and 2017.

Announcing the criminal charges, the US Attorney in the Northern District of California said that instead of revealing the 2016 breach to law enforcement, Sullivan arranged for Uber to pay the hackers the “hush money” in form of Bitcoin.

Furthermore, Sullivan had disguised the payment by calling a “bug bounty”. “It is not a bug bounty to pay a hacker who has taken your data and is threatening to expose it,” the US Attorney said.

The US Attorney said “Silicon Valley is not the Wild West”. “We expect prompt reporting of criminal conduct […] We will not tolerate corporate cover-ups. We will not tolerate illegal hush money,” he added.

Breach was revealed to public only after a year

Although Sullivan had discovered the hack in November 2016, Uber ultimately disclosed the breach to the public only in November 2017. The US Attorney’s statement said Sullivan deceived Uber’s new management team which took over in 2017. Soon after the breach was made public, Sullivan was fired from the company.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The US Attorney went on to state that the hackers responsible for the 2016 breach were charged in 2019, and they had plead guilty. “The hackers admitted to hacking other companies using similar techniques  to those used in the Uber hack. If Sullivan had promptly reported the Uber hack, those other hacks may been prevented,” he said.

The NPR reported that Sullivan, in a statement, claimed there was no merit in the charges against him. Sullivan’s spokesperson said, “If not for Mr. Sullivan’s and his team’s efforts, it’s likely that the individuals responsible for this incident never would have been identified at all.”

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

India and US come to terms on how to deal with the equalisation levy in light of the impending Global Tax Deal.

News

Find out how people’s health data is understood to have value and who can benefit from that value.

News

The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.

News

When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.

News

The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ