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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 11/24/2011

Guilty plea for Hungarian man in corporate hacking scheme

BALTIMORE — Federal prosecutors say a Hungarian citizen has pleaded guilty to hacking into a corporation’s computers and extorting the firm for a job.

Twenty-six-year-old Attila Nemeth pleaded guilty Wednesday to transmitting a malicious code and threatening to reveal confidential information. He will be sentenced on Feb. 3.

According to his plea agreement, Nemeth told Marriott International Inc. in November 2010 that he had been accessing Marriott’s computers for months. He said he had proprietary information and threatened to reveal it if Marriott did not give him a job.

According to the plea deal, Marriott and the U.S. Secret Service created a fake account and communicated with Nemeth. In January, Nemeth arrived at Dulles Airport on a ticket purchased by Marriott, for what he thought was a job interview. He was arrested.

By the Associated Press  |  09:36 AM ET, 11/24/2011

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