Joseph Sullivan, a former Chief Security Officer at Uber, has allegedly paid $100,000 in bitcoin (EXANTE: Bitcoin) to cover-up the 2016 hack of Uber, which comprised the personal data of 57 million drivers and clients.
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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) states that between April 2015 and November 2017 two unknown bad actors reached Sullivan by email and demanded "a six-figure payment in exchange for silence."
The hackers said they had accessed and downloaded an Uber database that contained personal ID of 57 million Uber clients and drivers. Particularly, the database included the drivers’ license numbers for approximately 600,000 people who drove for Uber.
The DoJ claims that Sullivan intentionally concealed, deflected, and misled the Federal Trade Commission about the breach.
"While this case is an extreme example of a prolonged attempt to subvert law enforcement, we hope companies stand up and take notice," said Deputy Special Agent in Charge Fair.
Sullivan paid the hackers $100,000 in BTC in December 2016, despite the fact that the hackers did not provide their real names.
The formed Uber CSO is reportedly charged with obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony.
iHodl previously reported that the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday had ordered the conditional seizure of some $46,000 worth of bitcoin (EXANTE: Bitcoin) and the XEM token that had been tied to the Coincheck hack of 2018.
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