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Uber paid 20-year-old man to hide hack, destroy data

Uber paid 20-year-old man to hide hack, destroy data”

This information was made public after a report from Bloomberg claimed that Uber made a $100,000 payoff to destroy the hacked data.

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The ride-hailing app paid the man, whose identity is still unknown, and an anonymous accomplice to delete the data through a "bug bounty" programme, according to Reuters.

The hacker wasn't a participant in the bug bounty program, Reuters reported, and instead emailed the company demanding money. The rideshare company did not disclose any more information.

Apparently, the hacker had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep his trap shut about the whole incident, and Uber sent cybersecurity boffins around to make sure the swiped data was indeed purged from his computer.

The 20-year-old man reportedly paid a second person involved for accessing GitHub.

The payment was made through a bug hunter scheme called HackerOne, created to reward security researchers who identify weaknesses and issues in a company's software.

Even if a company manages to contain and handle a data breach, it has a duty to report it to regulators, which Uber appears to have failed to do, aiming for a cover-up rather than mea culpa.

Katie Moussouris, a former HackerOne executive, told Reuters that Uber's payout and silence at the time was extraordinary under such a program.

"The creation of a bug bounty program doesn't allow Uber - their bounty service provider - or any other company the ability to decide that breach notification laws don't apply to them", she said.

Last month, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed the breach, saying that "we have to be honest and transparent as we work to fix our past mistakes".

"While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes".



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