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[ISN] Hungarian hacker gets 30 months for extortion plot on Marriott


By Jaikumar Vijayan
February 3, 2012

A Hungarian hacker who attempted to extort money from Marriott International Inc. by stealing confidential data from its computers and threatening to expose it was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Attila Nemeth, 26, will also serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday.

Nemeth had previously pleaded guilty to charges of transmitting malicious code and attempted extortion, in U.S. District Court in Maryland.

According to court documents, Nemeth informed Marriott officials in November 2010 that he had gained access to the company's computers and had stolen proprietary information from its systems.


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