The Reason Why This 20-year-old Hacker Breached Uber Will Make You Feel Bad For Him

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In
November, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowashahi revealed that the
company’s third-party server was compromised in October 2016 and
the details of about 57 million customers were leaked. This
information was made public after a report from Bloomberg claimed
that Uber made a $100,000 payoff to
destroy the hacked data.

In a related development, it has now been found that the hacker
acting behind this breach is a 20-year-old man from Floria. As
per a report by
Reuters
, the payment to the hacker was made via Uber’s bug
bounty program hosted by HackerOne.

While the exact identity of the hacker hasn’t been revealed,
it’s being suspected that then-CEO Travis Kalanick was aware of
the breach and payment.

The most interesting part, which is hacker’s description
according to a source — “Living with his mom in a small home
trying to help pay the bills.” The hacker further paid a second
person who offered his services in accessing GitHub to obtain
credentials for accessing Uber’s data.

If the payment was actually made via HackerOne bug bounty
program, it was an unusual incident as it involved a hacker who
stole data. HackerOne’s CEO said that he couldn’t discuss an
individual customer’s programs.

As per the report, Uber also conducted a forensic analysis of
hacker’s machine to make sure that no traces of data were left
behind. The company also didn’t want to pursue prosecution of a
man who didn’t appear to pose a threat in future.

You can read more about the hack in our previous article.

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