To Keep Hacked Data A Secret Uber Paid Off A Floridian
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Uber Exclusive: The Ride-Sharing Giant Paid-Off A Floridian To Hide Hack

Report: Uber Paid A Floridian To Keep Quiet About Data Breach

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Uber is again in the news and this time for all the bad reasons. The ride-sharing giant has reportedly paid a whopping $ 100000 to a Floridian for keeping secret about a massive data breach. Uber has recently revealed the cyberattack happened last October wherein the details of almost 57 million drivers as well as customers were at stake. The ransom was thus paid not to disclose the hacked data to the media.

The ransom was paid through “bug bounty” program that was designed to reward researchers who find flaws in Uber’s software. However, there was no official announcement made from Uber’s spokesperson about the breach. Taking notice of the incidence, Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi fired two of security professionals for being responsible for the breach.

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Talking more about the issues the newly appointed Chief Executive said the matter could have been disclosed at the time it was discovered, roughly about a year ago. However, the sources have revealed the then CEO Travis Kalanick was aware of the fact; however, Kalanick’s spokesperson declined to comment on the matter about the security breach.

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HackerOne that hosts bug bounty program for Uber said, it is not responsible to manage the same. The authorities have also said that the company plays no role in deciding the payouts and the length of the program. HackerOne’s CEO Marten Mickos quoted, “In all cases when a bug bounty award is processed through HackerOne, we receive identifying information of the recipient in the form of an IRS W-9 or W-8BEN form before payment of the award can be made,”

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According to the source, Uber paid the amount to confirm user’s identity and have him signed a nondisclosure agreement to prevent further wrongdoing. Uber has also invested in a forensic analysis of the hacker’s system that ensures the data has been purged. Among all these developments, no official comment was made by the ride-sharing giant.  

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