Ex-Uber Security Chief Wanted Hack Kept Quiet, Jury Told

By Bonnie Eslinger (September 9, 2022, 10:50 PM EDT) — A former top Uber information security official testifying in the criminal obstruction trial of ex-security chief Joseph Sullivan told jurors Friday that the normally calm Sullivan was extremely “stressed out” about the 2016 hack he is accused of illegally concealing, and told him that news of the breach couldn’t get out.

Federal prosecutors allege Sullivan illegally paid hackers $100,000 “to buy their silence” and conceal the breach from the FTC, which was conducting an investigation into privacy and security concerns at Uber at the time. But Sullivan’s lawyer said during opening statements earlier in the week his client had been scapegoated by an in-house Uber lawyer….

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