Teenager hacks and goes around the world


Reece Sco­bie, a 19-year-old for­mer em­ployee at Thom­son-af­fil­i­ated travel agency Cam­bridge Busi­ness Travel, logged on to the com­pany’s sys­tem re­motely for six months even af­ter he had quit the com­pany. A pass­word se­cu­rity lapse made it sim­ple for him to book flights around the world and live a jet-set life­style free of charge. Sco­bie booked busi­ness class fights to a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Dubai, Sin­ga­pore, Auck­land, Los An­ge­les, Van­cou­ver and New York, with top-end ho­tels added to the bill as well.

He booked the pack­ages un­der his own name us­ing his own cor­po­rate pass­words that hadn’t been re­voked even though he’d left the com­pany. Sco­bie was also able to use the ac­count of an­other per­son who worked for Cam­bridge Busi­ness Travel to book flights and this was in ad­di­tion to var­i­ous aliases he utilised.

The fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity was only un­cov­ered at the end of the fre­netic six month pe­riod when Sco­bie was on one of his free­bie jaunts, this time to Los An­ge­les. He was even­tu­ally ar­rested ear­lier this year.

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