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Man in Florida who hacked Uber database paid to delete the data

A Florida man has been called the hacker who was behind the data breach at Uber the rider company in 2016 which led to the compromise for 600 drivers and 57m passengers. In November 2017, the company reportedly declared that it had made a 75K pound payment to the attacker for wiping out the data he acquired.

The payment that Uber made was via the company's bug bounty facility which HackerOne hosted. Nothing is clearly known as to who was responsible for the final resolution of paying the 20-yr-old hacker. Incidentally, security researchers typically use bug bounty facilities for reporting software vulnerabilities.

In 2016, the hacker over e-mail to Uber demanded a payment to give up the data he stole, following which the company connected him to its team handling bug bounty services. It wasn't possible to get the Florida man's identity just as of the sources which aided the hacker execute the attack. Cnet posted this, December 6, 2017.

An erstwhile executive of HackerOne asserted that the 75K pounds payment indicated the service's 'all-time record' because amounts like USD 5,000 (3,736 pounds) and USD 10,000 (7,472 pounds) were the more usual.

According to reports, HackerOne eventually performs no role during a payment's process of approval. Evidently, Uber made the approval. HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos stated that whenever any bug bounty payment went through HackerOne's processing, the company got the recipient's identifying information within either a W-8BEN or IRS W-9 form prior to making the payment.

As per dual sources, Uber took help of the facility for verifying the Florida man's identity, the person as well put his signature on one non-disclosure agreement. This was revealed to Reuters. Understandably it's crucial to inform the client base following a data hack, of course when the time is right.

Mickos stated that it was extremely important the way a breach was tackled while notifying the incident was even more important. Making the public aware of the happening accurately and at the earliest would go a long way in the continued trust of them as well as their continued relationship as a customer first or as one business alliance.

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