Uber’s former chief security officer has been charged with trying to conceal from federal investigators a 2016 data breach that exposed the information of 57 million users to hackers.
A complaint filed Thursday in the US District Court in San Francisco alleges that Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team for more than two years until November 2017, “engaged in a scheme to withhold and conceal” both the hack and the amount of data that was exposed from the US Federal Trade Commission.
The complaint alleges that Sullivan and Uber (UBER) arranged to pay the hackers $100,000 in exchange for signing a non-disclosure agreement about the hack, which falsely stated that they had not accessed or stored any company data. Uber didn’t disclose the breach or the payment until late 2017.
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