Wire fraud charges dropped in hacking case against ex-Uber security officer
A federal judge has granted a motion to dismiss three wire fraud charges against Joseph Sullivan, Uber's former chief security officer who allegedly tried to conceal a 2016 data breach in which hackers stole the account information of 50 million customers and seven million drivers.
Yes, but: Sullivan still faces charges for obstructing a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proceeding and failing to report a felony.
- It's unclear why prosecutors moved to dismiss the wire fraud charges, which U.S. District Judge James Donato granted.
The big picture: Prosecutors say Sullivan arranged to pay the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and cover up the incident.
- Sullivan also allegedly concealed information from Uber officials who could have reported the data breach to the FTC, according to the Justice Department.