techkenyot.com
techkenyot.com December 17, 2017


Uber paid hacker $100G to keep data breach a year ago a secret

07 December 2017, 05:07 | Casey Mitchell

2016 Data Security Incident | Uber Newsroom

T002849Z_511325468_RC1EDDED17B0_RTRMADP_3_UBER-CYBER-PAYMENT.JPG

A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called "bug bounty" program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events have told Reuters.

Uber did not reveal any details about the hackers or how it paid them when it revealed the huge breach had taken place in October 2016 via a statement last month.

Sources familiar with the hack told Reuters the payment was made through a program created to reward bug hunters who report flaws in a company's software. Uber spokesman Matt Kallman declined to comment on the matter.

'Burnt man to death to save girl from love jihad'
However, The Indian Express report said that the police identified the half-charred body as that of Mohammed Afrazul. The clips, circulated on WhatsApp, emerged from the Rajasthan's Rajsamand district on Wednesday, police said.

Last month, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed the breach, saying that "we have to be honest and transparent as we work to fix our past mistakes".

The ride-hailing app paid the man, whose identity is still unknown, and an anonymous accomplice to delete the data through a "bug bounty" programme, according to Reuters.

Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced Mr Kalanick in August, made details of the leak public, adding: "none of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it". Such a high payment would be "extremely unusual" and would represent an all-time record, according to one former HackerOne executive cited in the report.

Corey Feldman's 1993 Police Interview Naming Alleged Sexual Predators Discovered by Police
Both men have convictions of child sex abuse, as revealed during these interviews and the 2014 film " An Open Secret ". They said they can not mention the contents of the recording since it is a case involving the sexual abuse of a minor.

In addition, most rewards - even for the most critical issues - rarely earn bug bounty hunters such an amount. It is important to note that while HackerOne hosts Uber's bug bounty program, it does not manage it, nor does it have a hand in setting Uber's prices for bounty payments. HackerOne's CEO said that he couldn't discuss an individual customer's programs.

Uber said it paid $100,000 to the data thieves at the time to delete the information. They also analysed his machine to confirm that the data had been purged. Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to other companies going forward. But complicated scenarios can emerge when dealing with hackers who obtain information illegally or seek a ransom.

However, according to Reuters, it was one lone wolf - and a young USA citizen at that - who was responsible.

Want to trade efficiently? Check out: The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW)
They just need to take the company's market capitalization and divide it by the company's total sales over the past 12 months. To fully grasp the existing nature of the stock, a trader will need to know the company's stock price to its revenues.



Other News

Trending Now

Injustice 2 DLC character Atom trailer
According to his official profile , his mission is to find a missing friend, his mentor Ray Palmer a.k.a. the original Atom. It will be taking place tomorrow, December 7th, and will likely provide an in-depth look at Atom.

2018 iPhones Likely to Support Dual-SIMs, Have Bigger OLED Displays
Today's report says, however, that next year's 6.1-inch iPhone will "likely sport a metal back that will come in several colors". Nomura has claimed that the 2018 iPhone LCD model will share the same edge-to-edge display that the current iPhone X boasts.

KEPCO Selected as Preferred Bidder for Acquisition of Toshiba's NuGen Shares
Kepco representatives have travelled to Japan for direct talks with the chief executive of Toshiba, which now owns NuGen outright. Toshiba holds a 100-percent stake in the project involving the construction of three 3.8 GW nuclear reactors by 2025.

Sadiq Khan calls on United Kingdom government to apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre
Colonial era records had put the death toll at around 400, while leaders of India's freedom movement had put it at over 1,000. He met with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, several other officials and prominent personalities.

United Nations envoy not carrying U.S. government message on North Korea visit
Ri held a conversation with Feltman, who also paid a courtesy visit to the Supreme People's Assembly (North Korea's Parliament). State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has said Feltman is not visiting Pyongyang on behalf of Washington.

Airtel and Intex join hands to launch affordable 4G smartphones
Airtel notes that the Aqua Lions N1 is actually available at a price tag of Rs 3,799 - this is the market price of the phone. Rs 3000/- divided by 18 is Rs 166/-, and this is the reason Airtel recommended Rs 169/- recharge every month for 18 months.

Two members of Congress among hundreds arrested protesting DACA, TPS decisions
Senator John Cornyn , a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees . Democrats don't have much leverage in Congress, but one place they do have a lot of power is over a spending bill.

Bigg Boss 11: Divya Agarwal's entry makes Priyank Sharma teary eyed
In the meantime, their family members will enter one by one and meet their beloved ones in the house. The contestants' family members or boyfriend/ girlfriend will enter the house for some time.

Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower
Flynn pled guilty last week to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding conversations with Russians. Now, Mr Cummings wrote , he and his colleagues have been authorised to to go public with the information.

Romarinho strike sends Al-Jazira into Club World Cup quarters
In a thrilling opener, which will set the tone for the rest of the tournament, host Al Jazira will take on veteran Auckland City. Auckland City FC's match with Al Jazira will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 3 on Thursday 7 December from 5.48am NZST.