NotJobs: Hack Marriott computers, extort company for job

1 September 2012 at 1:38AM Leave a comment

Over on the NetworkWorld site, cybercrime reporter Michael Cooney provides details on How Not to Get a Job with a major international hotel chain: hack into their computers, then extort HR for a job:

The Department of Justice today said a man who sent malicious code to Marriott International Corporation, threatening to reveal confidential information taken from the company’s computers if Marriott did not offer him a job, has been sent to prison for his criminal endeavor.

Attila Nemeth, 26, a Hungarian citizen, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

According to the DOJ, court documents show on Nov. 11, 2010, Nemeth emailed Marriott personnel, telling them he had been accessing Marriott’s computers for months and had obtained proprietary information. Nemeth threatened to reveal this information if Marriott did not give him a job maintaining the company’s computers.

Of course, one can see that this is going to end badly. The candidate (Nemeth) continued to think he was the smartest one in the process. The Greeks had a word for that: hubris.

Nemeth was not the smartest one in the process:

Without Nemeth’s knowledge on Nov. 18, 2010, Marriott created a fictitious Marriott employee that it then let the U.S. Secret Service use in an undercover operation to communicate with Nemeth. Nemeth, believing he was communicating with Marriott human resources personnel, continued to call and email the undercover agent, and demanded a job with Marriott in order to prevent the public release of the Marriott documents. Nemeth emailed a copy of his Hungarian passport as identification and offered to travel to the United States, the DOJ stated.

We can picture Nemeth’s messages to the fake HR rep, “Have the decision-makers seen my proposal? Are they going to talk to me? Can I provide any more information? When will they make their decision? Why is this taking so long? You Human Resources types are all incompetent!”

The complete story is here:


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