Uber ex-security manager accused of covering hack assault
Mr. Joseph Sullivan ( former chief security officer of Uber) has charged with obstruction of justice in the US.
The 52-year-old accuses of attempting to cover up a 2016 data breach, which exposed the information of 57 million Uber drivers and passengers.
The organization has previously admitted paying a $100,000 ransom to a group of hackers to erase the data they had stolen.
After the publication of the data breach Mr Sullivan terminates in 2017 . The charges filed by the US Justice Department said Mr. Sullivan had taken “deliberate measures” to stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from finding out about the hack.
He is accused of accepting the hackers’ $100,000 charge, made in bitcoin. The award was presented as a reward for “bug bounty,” which used to pay for cyber-security researchers who expose bugs so they can be patched.
The charges alleged that he requested the hackers to sign non-disclosure agreements, falsely saying that no Uber data had stolen.
“Silicon Valley isn’t Wild West,” Mr. David Anderson (US lawyer) said. “We expect good corporate citizenship, timely notification of criminal activity, compliance in our investigations and do not accept cover-ups from companies.”
A Mr. Sullivan spokesperson confirmed he had denied the allegations.
“If not for the actions of Mr. Sullivan and his staff, the people responsible for this incident would probably never have been found at all,” .said by Brad Williams (spokesperson)
Mr. Sullivan is currently working as Chief Information Security Officer at Cloudflare, a data security firm.
The data breach was revealed by Uber chief executive Mr. Dara Khosrowshahi in 2017. The corporation ultimately paid $148 m for all 50 US states and Washington DC to resolve legal charges.