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US trial of former Uber security chief on obstruction charge kicks off in San Francisco with opening statements

By Mike Swift
  • 07 Sep 2022 23:18
  • 07 Sep 2022 23:18
In November 2016, an e-mail popped into Uber security chief Joseph Sullivan’s inbox from an oddly named account called johndoughs@protonmail.com. “Hello Joe,” the ungrammatical email began. “I have found a major vulnerability in uber, I was able to dump uber database and many other things.”

That email was the common starting point for

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent


Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and SiliconValley.com, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

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