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20-yr-old Florida man behind data breach; Uber paid him to keep it secret

Uber announced on Nov 21 that the personal data of 57 million users were stolen in a breach that occurred in October 2016, and it paid the hacker $100,000 to destroy the information

Joseph Menn & Dustin Volz | Reuters 

A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events have told Reuters. Uber announced on Nov. 21 that the personal data of 57 million users, including 600,000 drivers in the United States, were stolen in a breach that occurred in October 2016, and that it paid the hacker $100,000 to destroy the information. But the company did not reveal any ...

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First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 02:32 IST
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