[ISN] Blackmailing hacker hijacks hotel emails

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:23:41 -0500 (CDT)

By Iain Thomson in San Francisco
14 Oct 2008

Guests at a luxury hotel owned by the Thompson Group could see their 
private emails published online, according to court documents filed last 

The documents detail how a hacker set up an open Wi-Fi portal at the 
hotel and snooped on web emails that were sent through the system.

The hacker then attempted to extort money from the hotel chain by 
threatening to publish the emails.

"On 30 September the defendant sent an email to one of the principles of 
Thompson," the court documents read.

"That email taunted the plaintiff about the defendant's receipt of the 
unauthorised information, attempted to embarrass key employees of 
Thompson and contained an implied threat to further disseminate the 
stolen emails to the public.

"Indeed, in an attempt to embarrass Thompson, the defendant sent the 
material it stole to at least one third party."


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