Remember the unidentified man that was paid $100,000 to delete Uber’s stolen data? A new report from Reuters says that a Florida man, 20, was behind the massive hack. Unfortunately, his identity couldn’t be established.
Uber revealed last month that hackers stole data on more than 57 million riders and drivers in October 2016. The stolen data included personal information such as email addresses, names, and driver’s license numbers. Uber did mention that Social Security numbers and credit card information wasn’t stolen.
After the hack occurred, instead of publicly announcing it, the company paid $100,000 to the hackers to delete the information. Uber did not reveal any details about the hack, hacker, or how they paid the money. Sources familiar with the hack have told Reuters that the payment was made through a program designed to reward bug hunters who report flaws. For Uber, their bug bounty program is hosted by HackerOne. They’re a company that connected security researcher with other companies.
Three sources with the matter have told Reuters that the person responsible was identified as a Florida man, but identification of the man is still unknown.