Aerospace Expert Wanted to Sell Codes to Mexican Cartel

Robert Jeremy Miller hacked the satellite tracking system to sell the data for USD$2 million

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English 10/08/2017 18:16 AP & Newsroom Actualizada 16:21

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 revealed today.

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.

According to the Daily Mail, Harris said that Miller told him that “he was pissed that he didn't get a raise and wanted to screw over the company.”

When he was arrested, Miller argued that the reason why he had a meeting with alleged Mexican cartel members was to gather information that he pretended to share with the authorities.

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