The former security chief of transportation network company Uber was indicted in federal district court in San Francisco and faces up to eight years in prison.
Former Uber security chief Joe Sullivan was charged with obstructing a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation in the 2016 hack after he failed to disclose to regulators that the hackers stole the personal data of 50 million customers and 7 million Uber drivers for more than a year. Concealed two felonies from the authorities and was convicted.
Joe Sullivan’s attorney, David Angeli, said he disagreed with the jury’s verdict and was expected to assess next steps in the coming days. It is understood that Joe Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor who also served as Facebook’s security director, faces up to eight years in prison, although the exact sentence is still to be judged.
Uber kept the October 2016 hack secret and paid the hackers $100,000 in bitcoin to delete the stolen data until new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi disclosed the incident in November, three months after taking over. At the time, the company paid $148 million to settle with all 50 states, the largest data breach payout in U.S. history.
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