A representative claims that “there is no merit” in Charges against former Uber security chief Joseph Sullivan, now charged with obstruction of justice and embezzlement of a crime.
The Justice Department claims Sullivan attempted to hide the theft of private information from around 57 million users in an Uber hack. He accused Sullivan of taking “deliberate actions to hide, distract and deceive” to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by transferring a payment of USD 100,000 in Bitcoin (BTC) through a bug bounty program.
But in a statement to Cointelegraph, the communications strategist Bradford Williams I confirm that Had it not been for the efforts of Sullivan and his team at Uber, “it would be likely that the individuals responsible for this incident would not have been identified at all.”
“From the outset, Mr. Sullivan and his team worked closely with Uber’s legal, communications and other relevant teams, in accordance with the company’s written guidelines,” said Williams.
“These guidelines made it clear that Uber’s legal department – and not Mr. Sullivan or his group – was responsible for determining whether and to whom the matter should be disclosed.”
Two of the hackers involved in the attack on Uber pleaded guilty to the computer fraud conspiracy in October and are awaiting conviction.. Sullivan’s appearance in federal court for the Northern District of California is not yet planned.