Hacker Arrested After Trying to Blackmail Marriott

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A hacker recently stole sensitive data from Marriott International Corporation, then tried to use the information to blackmail the company into giving him a job.

"Attila Nemeth, 26, from Hungary, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to hacking and extortion charges stemming from a bizarre case in which Nemeth place backdoor malware on Marriott computers, exfiltrated sensitive documents, and then threatened Marriott that he would expose the information if they didn't offer him an IT position," writes Dark Reading's Kelly Jackson Higgins.

"So on November 18, 2010, Marriott began working with the U.S. Secret Service in a sting operation to catch Nemeth," Higgins writes. "Marriott set up the identity of a phony Marriott human resources employee that the Secret Service then used to communicate with the hacker."

Go to "Sting Operation Snares Hacker Attempting To Blackmail Marriott For An IT Job" to read the details.

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