Ex Uber security chief Joe Sullivan is sentenced

Former Uber security chief Joe Sullivan has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for obstructing justice and concealing a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal data of 57 million Uber users and drivers. Sullivan was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and will serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

The breach occurred in 2016 when hackers gained access to Uber’s cloud storage account and downloaded personal information such as names, email addresses, and phone numbers of millions of Uber users and drivers. The breach was not disclosed to the public until a year later when new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took over the company.

Sullivan was fired from Uber in 2017 after an internal investigation into the breach revealed that he had paid the hackers $100,000 to keep the breach quiet and had misled regulators and executives about the incident. He was later charged with obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony for concealing the data breach.

At his sentencing, Sullivan apologized for his actions and stated that he had made a mistake in not informing Uber’s senior management about the breach. However, the judge criticized Sullivan’s lack of transparency and said that his actions had put millions of people at risk of identity theft and fraud.

The sentencing of Sullivan marks the end of a years-long legal battle for Uber, which has faced criticism for its handling of the data breach. The company has since implemented new policies and procedures to improve data security and privacy, including the appointment of a chief privacy officer and regular third-party audits of its security practices.

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