Two computer hackers pleaded guilty to developing an extort scheme that tangled Uber in a year long cover-up of a data breach that stolen sensitive information from approximately 57 million passengers and drivers of the ride-hailing service.
The pleas entered Wednesday at the federal court of Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre in San Jose, California, have resuscitated a new unsightly case.
Glover, 26, and Mereacre, 23, admitted the theft of personal data from Amazon Web Services ‘ companies between October 2016 and January 2017 to be paid for the destruction of the information.
Uber met the demand of hackers for a payment of $100,000, but waited for November 2017 to reveal that both the drivers and drivers around the world had been handed down to criminals.
U.S. The attorney David Anderson ripped Uber because he did not alert the authorities promptly about the loss of so much personal information that might be used for identity theft and other malicious purposes.
“Companies like Uber are custodians of the personal information of their users, not owners,” Anderson said in a statement.
Uber refused to comment on the culpable pleas and the criticism of Anderson.
The San Francisco Corporation said that it mismanaged the data infringement. Once Uber was clean of the case, his co-founder, Travis Kalanick, had been fired as CEO. Dara Khosrowshahi was then led to succeed Kalanick, to bring the picture of rampant sexual misconduct in the ranks of Uber, efforts to circumvent regulatory authorities and allegations of cheating self-driving car technology.
Glover and Mereacre have tried to blackmail Lynda.com, part of LinkedIn’s professional networking service, according to the authorities, as part of their scheme. Instead of meeting these demands, the government said that LinkedIn tried to identify the extortionists.
All men face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. A conference on their conviction was scheduled for 18 March before the U.S. Judge of District Lucy Koh.