Joseph Sullivan, the former Chief Security Office (CSO) of Uber, is facing major backlash after a criminal complaint was filed in federal court about his efforts to cover up the 2016 data breach that affected Uber. During his time as CSO, Mr. Sullivan was approached by two hackers that claimed they had accessed a database that contained nearly 57 million records of PII for Uber customers and drivers. Mr. Sullivan paid the hackers $100,000 USD through Uber’s “Bug Bounty” program in exchange for their silence and he sent a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) for the hackers to sign, even though they never revealed their names or locations. Following that situation, Joseph Sullivan went out of his way to keep the information about the hack away from the ongoing investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. Since this incident, two hackers have plead guilty to computer fraud conspiracy charges in Northern California and await their sentences. Mr. Sullivan has been charged with obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony but has yet to make an appearance in court.
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