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Joseph Sullivan, former security chief of Uber taxi service, has been guilty of concealing information in 2016 a major data breach. That is the verdict of the federal court in San Francisco. Sullivan has been found guilty by jury of obstruction of justice and misappropriation of a crime.

Sullivan faces up to five years in prison on the obstruction charge and up to three years on the embezzlement charge. However, the former Uber security chief has not yet been convicted by the judge. He has been released on bail and is free to await the rest of his trial. His conviction will be determined at a later date.

“Tech companies in the Northern District of California collect and store massive amounts of user data,” Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds said on the site of the US Department of Justice. “We expect those companies to protect that data and warn customers and competent authorities when such data is stolen by hackers. Sullivan affirmatively concealed the data breach from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and took steps to prevent the hackers from being caught.”

“We will not tolerate important information being hidden from the public by business leaders who are more interested in protecting their reputation and that of their employers than in protecting users,” Hinds continues. “When such conduct violates federal law, it will be prosecuted.”

Hack In November 100, Uber was hacked. In doing so, 100 millions of personal data of, among others, customers and drivers stolen. At the time, the American taxi service was already fined 100. imposed by the Dutch Data Protection Authority. The Uber group was fined for failing to notify the Dutch Data Protection Authority and other involved parties within 100 hours of discovering the leak had informed.

According to the US Department of Justice, the hackers in 100 disclosed to Sullivan that they had stolen this huge amount of personal data. The hackers demanded a hefty ransom in exchange for the data. According to the investigation, Sullivan wanted to prevent the data breach at all costs.

Sullivan then arranged to pay the hackers in exchange for signing nondisclosure agreements, in which the hackers promised not to reveal the hack to anyone. According to justice, these agreements also contained the false representation that the hackers had not taken or stored any data in their hack. Uber reportedly paid the hackers in December 100 about 72.000 dollars in bitcoin.

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