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[ISN] Hungarian hacks Marriott's systems to blackmail for job
By John Ribeiro
IDG News Service
November 23, 2011
A Hungarian citizen has pleaded guilty to stealing confidential
information from the computers of Marriott International, and
threatening to reveal the information if the hotel chain did not offer
him a job maintaining the company's computers, the Department of Justice
said on Wednesday.
Attila Nemeth, 26, pleaded guilty in the District of Maryland before
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, according to a statement by DOJ.
He was detained after he traveled to the U.S. on a ticket purchased by
Marriott for a fictitious job interview.
Nemeth is said to have admitted that he used an infected email
attachment sent to some Marriott employees to install malicious software
on the company's system that gave him a "backdoor" access to proprietary
email and other files.
Nemeth sent an email to Marriott staff on Nov. 11 last year, informing
them that he had been accessing Marriott's computers for months and had
obtained proprietary information, according to Nemeth's plea agreement.
He threatened to reveal the information if Marriott did not give him a
job maintaining the company's computers.
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