Did Uber throw its CSO under the bus?

If Uber's ex-CSO Joe Sullivan answers these five questions, it will clear up a whole lot about the hack.

Did Uber throw its CSO under the bus?
Magdalena Petrova

Uber's CSO has been fired, according to a story in The New York Times.

That begs the question — did Uber throw Sullivan under the bus, turning him into a scapegoat for the recently disclosed year-old hack?

Sullivan's reputation may suffer irreparable harm as a result of the high-profile termination, which is receiving widespread media attention.

That may be OK by the ex-CSO if Uber paid him a 6-figure (or, dare anyone speculate, 7-figure) fee to keep quiet (as part of a non-disclosure, severance or some other agreement) — same as they did for the hackers who stole data and were paid $100,000 to destroy it.

On the other hand, Sullivan may be getting exactly what he deserves — if in fact he knowingly violated the law.

California's new data security laws, which require businesses and government agencies to disclose hacks in a timely fashion, went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.

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