Hackers Plead Guilty in Case That Uber Covered up

By on November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Two computer hackers, Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre, have pleaded guilty in an extortion scheme that resulted in a year long cover-up of a data breach. The hackers stole sensitive information belonging to about 57 million of Uber’s passengers and drivers. Uber paid the $100,000 ransom the pair demanded, then waited a year to reveal that the breach had occurred. By the time the company came clean about the incident, it had ousted its co-founder, Travis Kalanick, over revelations of sexual harassment, attempts to mislead government regulators and accusations of technology theft. Uber declined to comment on the sentencing or U.S. Attorney David Anderson’s post-plea critique in which he ripped into the company for not immediately alerting authorities about the loss of so much personal information. Instead Uber tried to make a deal by paying the hackers through a “bug bounty” website, according to court filings and asking them to sign non-disclosure agreements. Glover and Mereacre face a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 upon sentencing, which will occur in 2020.

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