The Charges of Data Breach and BTC Hush Money Denied By The Uber Exec
August 21, 2020 8:32 am
A representative for former Uber Chief Security Officer Joseph Sullivan claims “there is no merit” to allegations for paying hackers $100K in Bitcoin to cover up a data breach and has denied the charges of obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony.
The Department of Justice accused Sullivan of attempting “deliberate steps to conceal the crime of private information for roughly 57 million users in a hack of Uber, deflect and mislead” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by funnelling a hush-money payment of $100,000 in Bitcoin (BTC) through a bug bounty program.
However, in a report, Bradford Williams, a communications strategist alleged that had it not been for the efforts of Sullivan and his team at Uber, “it’s likely that the individuals responsible for this incident never would have been identified at all. From the outset, Mr. Sullivan and his team collaborated closely with legal, communications and other relevant teams at Uber, by the company’s written policies,” Williams said.
“Those policies made clear that Uber’s legal department — and not Mr. Sullivan or his group — was responsible for deciding whether, and to whom, the matter should be disclosed.”
Two of the hackers involved in the Uber breach were also alleged guilty to the charges of computer fraud conspiracy in October and now they are awaiting sentencing. Sullivan’s federal court appearance in the Northern District of California has not been scheduled yet.