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United States vs. Joseph Sullivan

Case Number: 20-cr-00337-WHO

On December 22, 2021, a federal grand jury handed down a superseding indictment adding wire fraud to the list of charges pending against Joseph Sullivan for his role in the alleged attempted cover-up of the 2016 hack of Uber Technologies Incorporated. The 2016 hack implicated approximately 57 million user and driver records.

The newly filed allegations of wire fraud center around Sullivan’s attempt to defraud Uber’s drivers by failing to disclose the 2016 breach. Sullivan was serving as Uber’s Chief Security Officer when hackers revealed to him that they had accessed and downloaded an Uber database containing personally identifying information, or PII, including approximately 600,000 driver’s license numbers associated with certain Uber drivers. The superseding indictment describes how Sullivan allegedly orchestrated the disbursement of a six-figure payment to two hackers in exchange for their silence about the hack. The superseding indictment further alleges that Sullivan took deliberate steps to prevent persons whose PII was stolen from discovering that the hack had occurred and took steps to conceal, deflect, and mislead the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the data breach.

If you believe you may have been a victim of the breach described in the superseding indictment and have questions or wish to discuss this matter, please email with the subject line “USA v. Joseph Sullivan 20-cr-337 ” or call our Mega Case Assistance Program Unit at 1 (844) 527-5299.

The Court has designated this case as a "Multiple Crime Victim" case under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §3771(d)(2). Status updates and notices of scheduled court proceedings will be relayed through this website. General information for victims of federal crime is also available on this website under the link for the Victim-Witness Assistance Program.

Court Events:

8/20/2020 Criminal Complaint filed in the Northern District of California
Press Release: Former Chief Security Officer For Uber Charged With Obstruction Of Justice
8/31/2020 Initial Appearance as to Joseph Sullivan held; ORDER Setting Conditions of Release and Appearance; Unsecured Bond Entered as to Joseph Sullivan in amount of $1,000,000.
9/4/2020 INDICTMENT as to Joseph Sullivan
Indictment: Sullivan Indictment
9/8/2020 Arraignment as to Joseph Sullivan Count 1,2 held
12/22/2021 SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT as to Joseph Sullivan (1) count(s) 1s, 2s, 3s-5s.
Superseding Indictment: Sullivan Superseding Indictment
Press Release: Former Uber Chief Security Officer To Face Wire Fraud Charges
06/02/2022 Motion Hearing Held re: Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Counts 3 through 5; Court ruling to follow
07/21/2022 Order Denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Counts 3 through 5
07/21/2022 Motion Hearing re: Defendant’s Motion to Quash, 1:30 PM, 17th Floor, Courtroom 2
08/22/2022 Pretrial Conference, 2:00 PM, Courtroom 2, 17th Floor
09/06/2022 Trial, 8:30 AM, Courtroom 2, 17th Floor

All scheduled hearings will take place before United States District Judge William H. Orrick at Phillip Burton U.S. Courthouse 450 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102. If your attendance is required, a subpoena will be issued for you.


Updated July 21, 2022