As per new claims “there is not any merit” to allegations against former Uber Chief Security Officer Joseph Sullivan, who is now facing charges of obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony.
TheDoJ [Department of Justice] alleges Sullivan tried to hide the theft of personal information for over 57 Mln users within a hack of Uber. It accused Sullivan of taking “deliberate steps to hide, deflect, and mislead” the Federal Trade Commission [FTC] by funnelling a bribe payment of $100k in Bitcoin [BTC] via a bug bounty program.
As However, communications strategist Bradford Williams claimed that had it not been for the efforts of Sullivan and his team at Uber, “it’s likely that the users are liable for this incident never would are identified in the least.”
While adding further, Williams said:
“From the outset, Mr. Sullivan and his team collaborated closely with legal, communications and other relevant teams at Uber, in accordance with the firm’s written policies.”
“Those policies made clear that Uber’s legal department – and not Mr. Sullivan or his group – was liable for deciding whether, and to whom, the matter should be disclosed.”
Two of the hackers involved within the Uber breach pleaded guilty to charges of computer fraud conspiracy ealrier in October and are now awaiting for a final decision. Sullivan’s court appearance within the Northern District of California has not yet been scheduled for now.