Uber paid 20-year old $100,000 to destroy stolen customer data

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 information about the hacker or how it paid him the money.

Uber made the payment last year through a program designed to reward security researchers who report flaws in a company’s software, these people said. Uber’s bug bounty service – as such a program is known in the industry – is hosted by a company called HackerOne, which offers its platform to a number of tech companies.

Crazy. Just crazy. [H/T Robert Walter]



  • Costa K

    And we know he destroyed the info, how?

    Like he didn’t make any copies, did he?

    Well done Uber.