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Former top security executive at Uber charged in 2016 hack

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By Claudia Assis


The Justice Department has charged former Uber Technologies Inc. /zigman2/quotes/211348248/composite UBER +11.49% executive Joseph Sullivan with obstruction of justice in connection with the company's 2016 hack that exposed personal data of millions of Uber users and drivers. Sullivan, of Palo Alto, Calif., served as Uber's chief security officer between April 2015 and November 2017, when he was ousted after more details about the case emerged, including that Uber reportedly paid hackers to keep the data breach quiet. The criminal complaint alleges that Sullivan took "deliberate steps to conceal, deflect, and mislead" the Federal Trade Commission about the security breach, in which hackers gained access to an Uber database containing personally identifying information of about 57 million Uber users and drivers, including drivers' license numbers for about 600,000 people who drove for Uber. A spokesperson for Sullivan told The Wall Street Journal the charges were without merit.

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