In a groundbreaking development, the ex-security chief of Uber has been convicted for his failure to disclose a significant data breach that occurred at the well-known ridesharing company. This marks a historic moment as it is believed to be the first instance of a corporate executive being charged in connection with a cyberattack.
A jury has unanimously found Joe Sullivan, the former head of security at Uber, guilty on two counts pertaining to the concealment of a customer data breach that took place in 2016. This verdict has the potential to reshape how businesses handle and respond to cyber incidents in the future.
Sullivan’s conviction includes charges of impeding an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into Uber’s actions and deliberately withholding information about a serious crime from the authorities. If sentenced, he could face a maximum prison term of up to 8 years.
These charges stem from a 2016 security breach that targeted Uber’s systems, compromising the personal data of over 57 million riders and drivers.
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