New details of Uber hack and bug bounty cover-up come to light

New details of Uber hack and bug bounty cover-up come to light

New details of Uber hack and bug bounty cover-up come to light

A Reuters report citing sources familiar with the matter claims that a 20 year-old from Florida was responsible for Uber's 2016 data breach.

In November, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowashahi revealed that the company's third-party server was compromised in October 2016 and the details of about 57 million customers were leaked.

However, Uber did not mention anything about the person who carried out the hack or how it had paid the money to him. It is important to note that while HackerOne hosts Uber's bug bounty program, it does not manage it, nor does it have a hand in setting Uber's prices for bounty payments.

The allegation will make life more hard for Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who had only became aware of the breach recently, as he had only joined the company in August.

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Uber never revealed any information about the hacker or how it paid him the money, but it later confirmed that 2.7 million United Kingdom customers had their personal details stolen, as regulators stepped in to investigate the breach.

Katie Moussouris, a former HackerOne executive, told Reuters that Uber's payout and silence at the time was extraordinary under such a program.

Security professionals have said that rewarding a hacker that stole data would be far outside normal rules of the bounty program, where payments typically are made in the range of between $5,000 and $10,000.

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.

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CEO of HackerOne Marten Mickos commented that he could not talk about the programs of individual customers.

"If it had been a legitimate bug bounty, it would have been ideal for everyone involved to shout it from the rooftops", Moussouris said. HackerOne receives the personal information of the person paid in a W-9 or W-8BEN form before any payment can be made.

Uber fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and a deputy, attorney Craig Clark, over their roles in the incident.

Last week, three more top managers in Uber's security unit resigned. They're a company that connected security researcher with other companies.

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