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Uber Paid 20-Year-Old Florida Hacker $100,000 to Keep Data Breach Secret

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Last year, Uber received an email from an anonymous person demanding money in exchange for the stolen user database.

It turns out that a 20-year-old Florida man, with the help of another, breached Uber's system last year and was paid a huge amount by the company to destroy the data and keep the incident secret.

Just last week, Uber announced that a massive data breach in October 2016 exposed personal data of 57 million customers and drivers and that it paid two hackers $100,000 in ransom to destroy the information.

However, the ride-hailing company did not disclose identities or any information about the hackers or how it paid them. Now, two unknown sources familiar with the incident have told Reuters that Uber paid a Florida man through HackerOne platform, a service that helps companies to host their bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure program.

So far, the identity of the Florida man was unable to be obtained or another person who helped him carry out the hack.

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