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Aerospace Expert Offers Codes to Mexican Drug Cartel

El Universal
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August 11, 2017

A Honeywell International Inc. former employee hacked the satellite tracking system of the aerospace company and intended to sell the information about the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) movements to a Mexican drug cartel, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents have revealed.

Robert Jeremy Miller was arrested on August 4 in Talking Stick, resort and casino, in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a meeting with undercover agents that Miller thought were cartel members to whom he wanted to charge USD$2 million for the secret access codes to Honeywell's Satellite Tracking System, according to the documents cited by the Associated Press Agency and the British Daily Mail.

According to AP, Miller showed how to have remote access to the system that governmental and corporate clients use to track air crafts, vehicles, and boats. The system is even used by the DEA to track their airplanes and ships.

Following the documents cited by the Daily Mail, Miller was fired on February 22. He was a specialist on project management focused on satellite tracking system.

FBI documents point out that John Patriot, an intermediary, identified as Brandon Harris by the media, found out that Miller was planning to sell the codes on the black market and warned Honeywell, resulting in Miller's dismissal and his access deactivation.

However, according to the source, Miller kept a support login that allowed him to access the system without the company noticing.

... In March, Honeywell filed a lawsuit against Miller, charging him with commercial secret robbery including a client data base and information regarding prices. The expert faces two criminal charges for computer fraud.

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