Court documents: Uber paid $100,000 in bitcoin to hackers to prevent public disclosure of vulnerabilities

Some of the earlier court documents that were leaked confirmed that Uber had paid Bitcoin ransoms to hackers to prevent the disclosure of sensitive data and to prevent hackers from revealing their security holes. As the two men pleaded guilty, the judge further discovered that the two had also participated in the data breach crime of Uber and LinkedIn's training website Lynda.com. It is reported that they have stolen the AWS login information of the employees of the two companies to access the server, thereby obtaining customer data and trying to extort millions of dollars worth of bitcoin. In the end, Uber agreed to pay a $100,000 bitcoin ransom, but asked hackers to sign a non-disclosure agreement to prevent them from using the data and publicly revealing security holes. The judge then found that the two criminals were the initiators of the 2016 Uber data breach. Odaily Planet Daily Note: In this incident, the privacy data (name, email address and mobile number) of 57 million users were stolen, and the names and driver's license numbers of approximately 600,000 drivers in the United States were leaked. Other than that, the most disturbing thing is that Uber did not announce the incident until a year later. According to a report published by Bloomberg, hackers can easily obtain credentials from a private GitHub site used by the Uber development team. The hacker also tried to extort Uber and asked the company to offer a $100,000 ransom in exchange for hackers to remain silent on the data breach.