Maserati Web site hacked during 'Omaha Steak' promotion
A 60-year old hacker obtained a customer database used for Maserati's Free Omaha Steak promotion and tried to blackmail the automaker into sending him money in exchange for the information.
Check out the promotional Web site that Bruce Mengler of Solana Beach, Calif allegedly hacked. Customers who wanted to get a free steak submitted their personal information, which the hacker tried to use against Maserati.
Now, if this guy was really smart, he would NOT have used a Gmail account to blackmail Maserati. But, I guess a sixty year old hacker is still an impressive thing to witness.
Maserati had sent fliers to potential customers, offering them free gift certificates to Omaha Steaks in exchange for test-driving Maseratis. To redeem the certificates, the customers would enter a personal identification number printed on the flier, and then had to update their contact information on the Website.
Mengler reportedly hacked into that customer data and then threatened Maserati in several email messages from his Gmail account that he would expose the breach unless the company paid him money. He even provided the names, addresses, and ID numbers of four victims to prove he had the goods.
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