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Uber's former security chief charged for not disclosing 2016 hack

Uber's former security chief, Joe Sullivan, is being charged by federal authorities for his role in concealing a 2016 hack, according to The New York Times.

The company paid out $100,000 to a hacker in Florida through its bug bounty program instead of disclosing the hack to federal authorities who were already investigating the company for other data breaches. In a statement, Uber said it will "continue to cooperate fully" with the investigation. Sullivan currently works for Cloudflare, according to the Times. Cloudflare's CEO Matthew Prince tweeted that he's "sad" to see the allegations. "Anytime an opportunity arose, Joe's advocated for us to be as transparent as possible," Prince said.

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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