Report reveals 20-year-old Florida man was behind massive Uber hack
A source told the publication that the man responsible for the hack — which Uber revealed in a November blog post had affected 57 million customers around the world — was reportedly “living with his mom in a small home trying to help pay the bills.”
The man was able compromise a hefty amount of personal data including millions of names, email addresses, and phone numbers of both drivers and riders.
After learning of the breach, Uber’s now ousted security team paid the hacker $100,000 through “bug bounty” program HackerOne — typically used to pay people who point out software flaws. The hacker agreed to delete the data and not come forward about what he had done..
Sources told Reuters that the company ensured the data had been removed by performing a “forensic analysis of the hacker’s machine,” and made him sign a nondisclosure agreement promising he won’t participate in any “further wrongdoing.”
It was also reported that the Florida hacker paid a second person to help access Uber credentials from GitHub.