An San Francisco jury has found Uber Technologies Inc’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan guilty of criminal obstruction after he did not notify of a cybersecurity incident in 2016 to authorities A spokesperson for the Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday.

Sullivan who was fired in 2017 from Uber in 2017 was found guilty of two counts, including involuntary concealment of a felony.

“Sullivan affirmatively worked to hide the data breach from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and took steps to prevent the hackers from being caught,” said Stephanie Hinds, US Attorney for the Northern District of California.

The matter involves an Uber system breach which affected the data of 57 million customers and drivers. Uber did not make public the incident for the entire period of a year.

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On July 1, Uber acknowledged its responsibility of concealing the breach and accepted to cooperate with prosecution of Sullivan in connection with his alleged involvement in hiding the hacking in an agreement with US prosecutor to keep out prosecution for criminals.

Lawyer for Sullivan David Angeli and the FTC did not immediately respond to Reuters the reporter’s requests for comments.

Sullivan was initially indicted on September 20, 2020. Prosecutors said that he had arranged to pay hackers $100,000 in bitcoins and had him sign non-disclosure contracts which incorrectly claimed they hadn’t stolen any data.

Sullivan was also accused of obstructing information from Uber executives who could have reported information about the incident to FTC who were reviewing the San Francisco-based firm’s security of data after a breach in 2014.

In September, Uber paid $148 million to settle the claims of the 50 US states as well as Washington, DC, that it was not fast enough to report the hacking.


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