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Uber paid off a 20-year-old Florida man to destroy hacked data

Bug bounties (where compensation is offered to hackers who find vulnerabilities) are commonplace within tech circles — everyone from Apple to Samsung utilizes them. And, while highly-publicized rewards of up to $200,000 are the norm, it’s rare that the largest sum is dispensed to any one person. Making Uber’s $100,000 silent payout an all-time record […]

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Canadian man pleads guilty, admits role in massive 2014 Yahoo hack

Enlarge / Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov (far left) meets with other Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin (center) on November 24, 2017. reader comments 0 Share this story A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to hacking charges related to a 2014 spear-phishing operation of Yahoo employees. The hack ultimately compromised 500 […]


Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Cover Up Data Breach Affecting 57 Million Accounts

Photo: Getty Hackers accessed data belonging to 57 million Uber riders and drivers in late 2016, including email addresses, phone numbers, and drivers license numbers. Instead of disclosing the breach, Uber paid $100,000 to the hackers in exchange for their silence. The secret payment ultimately cost several Uber security executives their jobs. Joe Sullivan, Uber’s […]