Former Uber security chief accused of covering up hack attack
Published: 10:55 PM, 22 August 2020
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Uber’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan has been charged with obstruction of justice in the US.
Sullivan, 52 is accused of trying to cover up a data breach in 2016 that exposed the details of 57 million Uber drivers and passengers, according to BBC report.
The company has previously admitted paying $100,000 ransom to a group of hackers to delete the data they had stolen.
Mr. Sullivan was fired in 2017 when the data breach was revealed.
The case filed by the US Department of Justice said Sullivan had taken deliberate steps to stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from finding out about the hack.
He is accused of approving the $100,000 payment to the hackers, which was made in bitcoin.
The payment was disguised as a bug bounty reward, used to pay cyber-security researchers who disclose vulnerabilities so they can be fixed.
The charges allege that he asked the hackers to sign non-disclosure agreements, falsely stating they had not stolen any Uber data.
Sullivan currently works as chief information security officer at cyber-security firm Cloudflare.
Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi disclosed the data breach in 2017. The company eventually paid $148m to settle legal claims by all 50 US states and Washington DC.