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

Uber Paid 20-Year-Old Florida Man To Keep Data Breach Secret Sources

The second person was paid by the Florida-based hacker to, among other services, access Github, a site used by programmers to store code, in order to gain credentials to access Uber data, it added.

Reuters claims that the person responsible for the hack on Uber, in which more than 57 million client and driver records were stolen, is a 20-year old man from Florida "living with his mom [sic] in a small home trying to help pay the bills", according to sources.

The hacker was described as a 20-year-old man in the report. The pilfered data included personal information such as names, email addresses and driver's license numbers, but not Social Security numbers and credit card information, the company 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".

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The company then paid the hacker $100,000 to destroy the information, but did not notify those affected by the breach. Uber's "bug bounty" service, a program known in the industry, is hosted by HackerOne, a company that offers its platform to several tech companies, the report said.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's new CEO, fired two of of the company's security leaders when he found out about the breach, and acknowledged that it should have been reported when it was discovered.

However, according to Reuters, it was one lone wolf - and a young United States citizen at that - who was responsible.

Security professionals said rewarding a hacker who had stolen data also would be well outside the normal rules of a bounty program, where payments are typically in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.

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'None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it, ' Khosrowshahi, said in a blog post announcing the hack last month.

Sullivan and Clark did not respond to requests for comment.

The revelation has gotten the startup in hot water with regulators and prosecutors.

Last week, three more top managers in Uber's security unit resigned.

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