Ubers former chief safety officer has-been faced with obstruction of justice over accusations he attemptedto cover up a 2016 hack of organization, which exposed the private details of 57m people and drivers.

Prosecutors said joseph sullivan, 52, hid the breach from the appropriate authorities, and alternatively paid a ransom into the hackers along with them sign non-disclosure agreements stating, falsely, that they hadn't taken personal information.

The agreements included a false representation that the hackers did not take or store any information, prosecutors said in a news release. whenever an uber worker asked sullivan about that untrue vow, sullivan insisted that the language stay-in the non-disclosure agreements.

A spokesman for mr sullivan said the fees had been without quality.

Through the outset, mr sullivan and his staff worked closely with appropriate, communications also appropriate teams at uber, according to the companys written guidelines, the spokesman said.

Those guidelines made clear that ubers legal division and never mr sullivan or his group was in charge of determining whether, and also to whom, the problem ought to be revealed.

Mr sullivan, who worked at twitter ahead of uber, is believed to have authorised the repayment on hackers of $100,000 in bitcoin, disguising the cost as coming via the companys genuine bug bounty programme normally accustomed pay well-intentioned cyber security experts for discovering flaws and weaknesses.

It was not until november 2017, virtually annually after mr sullivan allegedly knew the attack occurred, that uber unveiled its familiarity with the breach and mr sullivan ended up being dismissed.

Not one for this must have taken place, and i will likely not make excuses for it, leader dara khosrowshahi stated at the time, that was soon after he took over from ousted co-founder travis kalanick.

Investigators stated mr sullivan took deliberate measures to conceal the breach along with his subsequent actions from new leader, also ensuring that the federal trade commission which at that time had been touching uber about an early on hack in 2014 didn't know about the newest security lapse.

Silicon valley isn't the crazy west, said united states lawyer david anderson. we expect great corporate citizenship. we expect prompt reporting of unlawful conduct. we anticipate co-operation with your investigations. we will perhaps not tolerate corporate cover-ups. we're going to maybe not tolerate unlawful hush-money repayments.

Uber stated it absolutely was continuing to guide the dojs research. it paid $148m in 2018 to eliminate statements so it deliberately concealed the breach, which were brought by all 50 says and washington dc.

Prosecutors stated the two hackers involved in the breach, who were fundamentally identified by mr sullivan, pleaded guilty to computer system fraud conspiracy fees and are also currently waiting for sentencing in california. investigators stated the set choose to go onto target various other technology organizations following the uber hack.