By Iain Thomson in San Francisco
14 Oct 2008
Guests at a luxury hotel owned by the Thompson Group could see their
private emails published online, according to court documents filed last
The documents detail how a hacker set up an open Wi-Fi portal at the
hotel and snooped on web emails that were sent through the system.
The hacker then attempted to extort money from the hotel chain by
threatening to publish the emails.
"On 30 September the defendant sent an email to one of the principles of
Thompson," the court documents read.
"That email taunted the plaintiff about the defendant's receipt of the
unauthorised information, attempted to embarrass key employees of
Thompson and contained an implied threat to further disseminate the
stolen emails to the public.
"Indeed, in an attempt to embarrass Thompson, the defendant sent the
material it stole to at least one third party."
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