BREAKING: Former Uber Exec Facing Charges In Relation To 2016 Data Breach

The news is breaking that the Justice Department has charged Uber’s former chief security officer with obstruction of justice over his handling of a 2016 data breach:

The criminal charges filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Joe Sullivan, 52, are believed to be the first against an executive stemming from a company’s response to a security incident.

But the charges drew an important distinction between failing to protect Uber’s computer network and failing to tell the authorities about it. Prosecutors said that Mr. Sullivan committed two felonies when he didn’t disclose the 2016 incident to federal investigators who were already investigating a similar data breach that had occurred two years earlier.

“When a company like Uber gets hacked, we expect good corporate citizenship, we expect prompt disclosure to the employee and consumer victims in that hack. In this case, what we saw was the exact opposite of good corporate behavior,” said David Anderson, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, in an interview.

You can read more about this incident here.

If this guy is convicted on both charges he could face up to eight years in prison. Not a trivial amount of jail time. This should be interesting to watch as maybe Uber’s bad behavior is coming back to haunt it.

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