Uber paid hacker $100G to keep data breach a year ago a secret

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Uber, the ride-hailing smartphone app, paid a Florida hacker $100,000 to destroy data in the company's 2016 hack that resulted in the breach of 57 million users, Reuters reported. 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.

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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. 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.

Sources have now told Reuters that payment to the hacker was made through its bounty program, which monetarily rewards those who find bugs in the company's software and applications.

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.

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The Florida hacker paid a second person for services that involved accessing GitHub, a site widely used by programmers to store their code, to obtain credentials for access to Uber data stored elsewhere, one of the sources said. They're a company that connected security researcher with other companies.

Uber spokesman Matt Kallman declined to comment to Reuters.

Uber received an email a year ago from an anonymous person demanding money in exchange for user data, and the message was forwarded to the company's bug bounty team in what was described as Uber's routine practice for such solicitations, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Mr. Khosrowshahi learned of the incident after becoming Uber's chief executive in August, and he's since terminated two employees implicated in its response, Joe Sullivan, Uber's former head of security, and a deputy, attorney Craig Clark.

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