Uber’s former chief security officer found guilty of covering up data breach

In the USA, San Francisco’s federal jury convicted Joseph Sullivan (accused), Uber’s former chief security officer, guilty of obstruction of proceedings of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and misprision of a felony. Evidence shows that the accused was involved in two separate hacks of Uber’s databases in 2014 and 2016. The accused affirmatively worked to hide the data breach from the FTC and prevented hackers from being caught while also arranging to pay off 100,000$ in bitcoin to hackers to not disclose the hack to anyone. In 2017, Uber identified two hackers who testified that the accused covered Uber’s hack and thus enabled them to commit additional intrusion at another corporate entity Lynda.com. The accused remains free on bond pending sentence, as his sentence will be set at a later date.