Sunday, February 5, 2012

This Job Applicant Couldn't Hack the Job...Literally

You hack into a company's systems, type in some malicious code and pull out a bunch of confidential documents. Then you tell the company it had better hire you, or else.

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It was apparently all in a day's work for one job applicant who will now be serving a 30-month sentence for pulling this stunt on the folks at Marriott.

The backstory goes something like this: The applicant accessed the company's internal systems, and then emailed someone at the company to say what he had on them. When nobody replied, he wrote back, only this time attaching a handful of confidential documents and saying he would make them public if the company didn't give him a job in IT. Oh, and there's all that malicious code stuff, too. Geez, I guess we'd better get back to his guy. Contact the U.S. Department of Justice while you're at it, okay? We have a live one here.

The rest is, as they say, made for an engrossing Law & Order episode. And it makes you wonder just how far some people have been going (unwisely) to try and gain a foothold in our (improving?) job market. Have resume, will extort? Don't try this at home, though. It's a very, very, very bad idea.

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