A disgruntled employee of the aerospace and technology giant Honeywell has been arrested for attempting to sell highly-sensitive tracking information to Mexican drug cartels (see 3 videos below).
Robert Miller, 45, who was a senior project management specialist for Honeywell in its Phoenix, Arizona, facility was fired from his job on February 22, 2017, and had reportedly stated he wanted to “screw over the company” because they didn’t give him a raise. He had been with the company since March 2008, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Miller devised a plan even before he was fired, creating a secret login to the system, of which the company was unaware. When Honeywell fired him, they deactivated his employee login account, but he was still able to access the system through his secret code, stealing tracking data used by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for planes, helicopters, and boats.
Miller planned to sell the secret codes on the black market to the very groups being tracked – the Mexican drug cartels – for a whopping $2 million, the UK-based Daily Mail has reported.
Following up on a tip received on July 23 from someone identified only as “John Patriot,” the FBI went after Miller, posing as cartel members interested in purchasing his information.
At a meeting with undercover agents at a Scottsdale resort Friday night, Robert Miller showed agents how to log in to Honeywell’s system and how to use the tracking program. He was promptly arrested by the agents at the conclusion of the meeting.
The tipster in this incident has been identified as Brandon Harris, who said Robert Miller told him he was “pissed that he didn’t get a raise and wanted to screw over the company,” according to FBI reports. Harris turned over screenshots of text messages from Miller, confirming his statements. Harris then cooperated with FBI agents to set up the undercover meeting.
Miller reportedly then claimed he was trying to ensnare the Mexican cartel and turn them over to law enforcement.
FBI Special Agent Steven Garbett wrote in the report, “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. 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.”
Robert Miller now faces two counts of computer fraud (see 3 videos below).
According to the Honeywell website:
A Fortune 100 company with approximately $40B in sales in 2015, Honeywell creates solutions that improve quality of life for people around the globe — generating clean, healthy energy, and using it more efficiently; increasing our safety and security; enabling people to connect, communicate, and collaborate; and equipping our customers to be even more productive. Our Great Positions in Good Industries have been a huge driver of our portfolio development and organic growth across industries, including homes and building, aviation, defense and space, oil and gas, industrial, chemicals and vehicles.
Here are the videos of Miller:
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