Three senior managers resigned from the security unit at Uber on Friday. An Uber spokesperson disclosed the news days after Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed a massive data breach that hit the company over a year ago.
Last week, Uber announced that it fired its Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan from his role in the 2016 data breach, which compromised the data of 57 million customers and about 600,000 drivers. The resignations on Friday came amid frustration within Uber’s security team over Sullivan’s dismissal and the company’s handling of the public disclosure of the breach.
The three managers who resigned are: Pooja Ashok, Chief of Staff for Sullivan; Prithvi Rai, a senior security engineer and the number two manager in the department; and Jeff Jones, who handled physical security, the Uber spokesperson said. Ashok and Jones will remain at the company until January to assist in transition, the spokesperson said.
Uber’s Head of Global Threat Operations Mat Henley went on a three-month medical leave, said a separate source familiar with the situation. The departures include most of Sullivan’s direct reports.
In addition to these staffing problems, Uber also has a technical team dedicated to obtaining data from competitors. Per their testimony in the case against Waymo, Uber had a “human intelligence” team to spy on people and record their conversations without them knowing.
Uber’s general counsel, Tony West, on Wednesday sent a note to employees, saying that human surveillance of individuals would no longer be tolerated.
West said he did not believe the activity was illegal, “but, to be crystal clear, to the extent anyone is working on any kind of competitive intelligence project that involves the surveillance of individuals, stop it now.”
It looks like Uber’s list of problems continues to increase as the relatively new CEO battles these and other issues to set the company on a more productive path and regain trust.