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  • Uber pays hacker's ransom and had them sign NDAs



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    Instead of reporting the hackers to police, the company allegedly paid $100,000 in exchange for a promise to delete 57 million user files the men stole off a third party server, prosecutors said. 




    Within weeks of paying the ransom, Uber employees showed up at Brandon Glover's Winter Park, Florida, home and found Vasile Mereacre at a hotel restaurant in Toronto, Canada, the Justice Department said. The pair admitted their crimes, but Uber didn't turn them over to the cops. Instead, they had the hackers sign non-disclosure agreements, promising to keep quiet. The two hackers pleaded guilty on Wednesday.  






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    But there was a third person involved who was unknown to Uber, U.S. attorney for Northern California Dave Anderson told CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave in an exclusive interview. Anderson, who investigated the hack, said there's "no way to know definitively" what actually happened to the stolen data. 






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    The hackers also targeted a company owned by LinkedIn in December of 2016, but prosecutors say LinkedIn did not pay and promptly reported the hack to police. Uber eventually did as well — a year after the hack, when new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, publicly disclosed the attack.




    Asked about the culture at Uber in 2018, Khosrowshahi told CBS News, "I think we've definitely made steps in the right direction but the work of culture is never done. … Are we going to make mistakes? Yep, but are we going to get better every year? Absolutely." 






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    The two known hackers were eventually arrested and pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit extortion charges. They face a maximum of five years in prison. The third person involved remains at large.






    source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uber-ha...hem-sign-ndas/




     




    Wtf they didn't even ask for their money back though I guess 100,000 dollars to uber is like nothing. I guess uber really didn't want people to know about the breach and how did uber not only find out who they are but knew where to find them? Shit an uber hitman might show up at my house next week because I posted this. If i mysteriously stop posting you guys know what happened. But this is crazy uber found out who they were and tracked them down just to have them sign NDAs XD. Uber should have taken them to the police imagine if the headline instead was uber tracks down hackers, shows up at their house and hauls them to the police station. People would be like dang uber's badass I ain't even mad my information got stolen. ... Ok maybe they'd still be mad but still.



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