Tech giant employee is arrested after he tried to sell secret codes tracking the locations of DEA agents to 'Mexican drug cartel' because he didn't get a raise

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Tech giant employee is arrested after he tried to sell secret codes tracking the locations of DEA agents to 'Mexican drug cartel' because he didn't get a raise

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(8 pages of court documents at link)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4771416/Ex-tech-employee-arrest-FBI-selling-secret-DEA-codes.html

* Former employee of Honeywell hacked into the firm's satellite tracking system and tried to sell information on DEA movements to a Mexican cartel for $2m
* FBI documents claim Robert Miller was 'pissed that he didn't get a raise and wanted to screw over the company'
* The FBI investigation began when a man calling himself 'John Patriot' tipped off the company on July 23, saying  Miller planned to sell logins on the black market
* The 45-year-old was duped into meeting an undercover FBI agent posing as a member of a well-funded Mexican cartel and was swiftly arrested
* While Honeywell had deactivated Miller's access when he was fired, he kept a tech support login that let him into the system
* FBI Special Agent Steven Garbett said Miller agreed to be interviewed immediately after his arrest and claimed his intentions had been innocent

By Ryan Parry West Coast Correspondent For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 10:08 EDT, 8 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 EDT, 8 August 2017



A disgruntled former employee of an aerospace and technology giant hacked into the firm's satellite tracking system and tried to sell information on DEA movements to a Mexican cartel, newly released FBI documents claim.

Satellite expert Robert Miller - who DailyMail.com has learned was fired from Honeywell Aerospace in February this year - hoped to bag $2 million from the black market sale of secret access codes for the firm's high-tech location-tracking system, the documents state.

But instead the 45-year-old was duped into meeting an undercover FBI agent posing as a member of a well-funded Mexican cartel and was swiftly arrested.



The satellite tracking system (STS) operated by Honeywell is used by several government and military agencies, including the DEA, to track their air and marine craft.

In the hands of a cartel the system could be used to closely monitor the movements of DEA helicopters, planes or boats allowing drug runners to evade capture when trafficking narcotics into the US.
According to the statement filed by FBI Special Agent Steven Garbett, Miller was a Senior Project Management Specialist in charge of administering the aerospace company's proprietary STS.

But Miller, who was based in their Phoenix, Arizona office, was terminated by Honeywell Aerospace on February 22, a company spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com, deferring all further comment to the FBI.

While Honeywell had deactivated Miller's access when he was fired, he apparently kept a tech support login that let him into the system without the company's knowledge. He also had the ability to create other unique user ids.


The FBI investigation began when a man calling himself 'John Patriot' tipped off the company on July 23, saying he found out Miller planned to sell logins to the STS on the black market.
That man was later identified as Brandon Harris.

'According to Harris, the man told Harris that he had worked at the Victim Company and was "pissed that he didn't get a raise and wanted to screw over the company,'" according to court paperwork.

In the probable cause document, Harris eventually identified Miller and showed 'screen shots via text message of what Harris claimed to be the STS (satellite tracking system) to show that he had unauthorized access to the computer network.'

Agents worked with Harris to contact Miller and posing as potential buyers, undercover FBI agents met with Miller to get a demonstration of what he allegedly had to offer.

'During the meeting, Miller stated that he had created a separate login ID and password to the STS while he was employed at the Victim Company,' Garbett wrote.

'Miller stated that he had created the separate login account to maintain access to the STS in the event that he was fired. In front of the agents, Miller used the account to log into the STS. While logged into the STS, Miller accessed location data and demonstrated to the agents how to locate different aircraft and other vehicles.'

DailyMail.com has learned that Miller was arrested at the Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Scottsdale on Friday night.


Two undercover agents met him in a public area at the luxury Four-Diamond resort before, according to the paperwork, the meeting moved to a private room where Miller demonstrated the tracking system on his laptop.

Miller was observed logging into the Honeywell system before showing the agents how to locate different aircraft and vehicles.

According to the legal filing he was then arrested without incident.
Garbett said Miller agreed to be interviewed immediately after his arrest and claimed his intentions had been innocent.

'Miller claimed that his intention in meeting with the individuals whom he thought represented the Mexican cartel was to gather and share information with law enforcement,' according to the court paperwork.
'Miller stated that he had researched how to become a DEA informant and was planned to talk to a DEA agent friend of Miller's brother.'

Miller is now facing two counts of computer fraud.

According to records Miller is a trained pilot and his LinkedIn profile says he was a captain with the Mercy Regional EMS in Paducah, Kentucky, from 2001 - 2004.

The profile states his last role at Honeywell was Customer Support Program Manager and he was with the company for nine years having joined in March 2008.

He says of himself: 'Hard-working and driven, while highly-experienced in all aspects of customer support operations, and is proven in ensuring that all organizational, client, and project goals are met.
'Well-versed in serving as primary point-of-contact with for internal and external customers, and is adept in the successful resolution of a myriad of issues.

Records indicate that in March Miller took legal action against Honeywell over his termination.
Honeywell Aerospace is a subsidiary of Fortune 500 company Honeywell International Inc, a multi-national conglomerate that produces a variety of commercial and consumer products, engineering services and aerospace systems for a wide variety of customers, from private consumers to major corporations and governments. It has five facilities in Arizona.

Miller, who lives in a smart two bedroom $320,000 apartment in Phoenix's historic district, is originally from Kentucky and attended Bristol University where he obtained a degree in Business Administration and Management in 1992.

Other than LinkedIn he doesn't appear to have any social media presence.