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Uber hacker 'identified' as 20-year old Florida man

Uber has been criticised for not reporting the breach

Three separate sources have told Reuters that a 20-year old man from Florida was responsible for the massive data breach at Uber last year, in which more than 57 million client and driver records were stolen. The media outlet also alleges that Uber paid the hacker the $100,000 bribe to destroy the data through a bug bounty programme.

Uber announced that it paid to have the data destroyed when it admitted to the hack last month, but did not reveal how it sent the money.

‘People familiar with the matter' said that the payment was made through Uber's bug bounty service, which is hosted (but not managed) by a company called HackerOne. A former executive at the firm, Katie Moussouris, said that such a high payment would have been an "all-time record". Rewards for identifying bugs in code are more normally in the range of $5,000 - $10,000.

Moussouris added that the failure to report the breach was a grievous error: "The...(continued)

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