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Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret

Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret

UBER'S MASSIVE data breach that saw the personal information of 57 million users pilfered, was all down to a pesky 20-year-old Floridian man. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Kate Moussouris, a former HackerOne executive, Luta Security founder and bug bounty advocate, said if the payment had been a legitimate bug bounty, it would have been ideal for everyone involved to shout it from the rooftops. One source told Reuters that the hacker was "living with his mom in a small home trying to help pay the bills", and did not pose a further threat to Uber.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's CEO, announced the breach last month and terminated two top security officials. Uber spokesman Matt Kallman declined to comment on the matter.

While the exact identity of the hacker hasn't been revealed, it's being suspected that then-CEO Travis Kalanick was aware of the breach and payment.

In addition, most rewards - even for the most critical issues - rarely earn bug bounty hunters such an amount.

HackerOne hosts Uber's bug bounty programme but does not manage it, and plays no role in deciding whether payouts are appropriate or how large they should be.

CEO Marten Mickos said that he could not comment on individual customers' programmes.

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Uber has said hackers accessed names and email addresses, as well as the drivers' license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers, by stealing the password to a cloud database hosted by Amazon Web Services.

Apparently, the hacker had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep his trap shut about the whole incident, and Uber sent cybersecurity boffins around to make sure the swiped data was indeed purged from his computer.

GitHub said the attack did not involve a failure of its security systems.

The hacker wasn't a participant in the bug bounty program, Reuters reported, and instead emailed the company demanding money.

When a valid vulnerability is discovered and submitted through a bug bounty program, there is usually a public disclosure and often a technical explanation of the problem to promote news of the fix and to encourage other researchers to take an interest.

Uber paid a Florida man to keep silent about the data breach past year.

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