Three senior Uber security managers step down in wake of breach

Three senior Uber security managers step down in wake of breach
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Three senior managers in Uber’s security unit resigned on Friday following revelations that it endured a massive security breach last year and failed to notify those affected.

A company spokesperson confirmed the resignations of the managers from Uber’s international, business operations and physical security teams. The spokesperson noted that two of the managers would stay on until the end of the year to help ease the transition process.

The managers who stepped down were Pooja Ashok, chief of staff for former Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan; Prithvi Rai, a senior security engineer; and Jeff Jones, who handled physical security.

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Sullivan was fired from Uber last week over his role in the 2016 breach, which compromised the data of 57 million Uber users but was not made public until the end of last month.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has lamented the breach and its handling in a statement last week, writing that “none of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”

The massive breach has already spurred controversy over Uber paying $100,000 to hackers to cover it up. Five states and multiple countries are investigating the matter. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill including Senate Commerce Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneWeek ahead: Tech giants to testify on extremist content Overnight Tech: GOP senator presses Apple over phone slowdowns | YouTube cancels projects with Logan Paul after suicide video | CEOs push for DACA fix | Bill would punish credit agencies for breaches GOP senator presses Apple on phone slowdowns MORE (R-S.D.) and Senate Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Dem lawmaker wants briefing on major chip vulnerabilities Week ahead: Tech giants to testify on extremist content MORE (Va.) have also sent letters to Uber asking for more details on the cyberattack.

Thune has said that he’s interested in holding a hearing on the breach as well.