DOJ Charges Former Uber Executive for Alleged Role in Attempted Cover-Up of 2016 Data Breach

September 2, 2020

On August 20, 2020, the Department of Justice announced that it had charged Joseph Sullivan, the former Chief Security Officer of Uber Technologies Inc., with obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony for allegedly attempting to cover up Uber’s 2016 data incident during the course of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

While the DOJ and federal law enforcement have generally treated corporate hacking targets as victims in connection with data breaches, the charges against Sullivan reinforce that they will actively pursue any violations of federal law that are committed by entities or individuals during the course of responding to such incidents.

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