Uber paid in Florida man to silence about the data breach of last year.
Uber, the ride-hailing smartphone app, paid for by Florida hacker of $100,000 to destroy data in the company’s 2016 hack, which resulted in the fulfilment of the 57 million users, Reuters reported.
The hacker was described as a 20-year-old man in the report. The rideshare company will not disclose more information.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, has announced the fight in the last month and ended with two top safety officials. He said that the incident must be reported to the supervisors at the time that it was discovered last year, Reuters reported.
Sources told Reuters that the former CEO Travis Kalanick was aware of the breach and the “bug bounty” payment in November of last year. Uber “bug bounty” service, a program known in the industry, is hosted by HackerOne, a company that provides its platform to various tech companies, the report said.
Katie Moussouris, a former HackerOne executive, told Reuters that Uber payout and the silence at the moment that an extraordinary context of such a program.
“If it’s a legitimate bug bounty, it would be ideal for everyone involved to shout it from the rooftops,” Moussouris said.
Five states and several countries to investigate the matter, The Hill reported.
Uber spokesman Matt Kallman declined to comment to Reuters.