An employee of Akamai Technologies was arrested yesterday and charged with wire fraud. Elliot Doxer is being held without bond after allegedly trying to sell confidential information about the firm to a foreign government. Akamai said that his supposed activities never compromised the security of its customers.
Akamai Technologies is the world’s largest Internet content delivery system. They have a global network which is used by large businesses and government agencies to distribute their information online. The firm claims that it delivers nearly 30% of all data distributed over the ‘net. Doxer apparently worked in the finance department with Akamai. The complaint against him from the US government claims that in June of 2006 Doxer sent an email to the Boston consulate of a foreign country which has not yet been named.
“I am a Jewish American who lives in Boston,’’ he allegedly wrote. “I know you are always looking for information and I am offering the little I may have.’’ According to the complaint, Doxer said that Akamai served major clients such as the US Department of Defense, European airplane maker Airbus, “and some Arab companies from Dubai.’’ He wrote that he only knew about invoices and customer contact information, but would be willing to provide such data if it would benefit the foreign country, the complaint says.
Luckily, the unnamed country helped with the investigation. Authorities contacted Doxer and set up a “dummy drop” location. During the year that followed, Doxer visited that location more than sixty times, leaving behind sensitive Akamai documents, including contracts with customers, and a list of Akamai’s clients and employees. He was caught by a hidden video camera.
Doxer has claimed he was only trying to help fight war against “our enemies,” but he did ask for money in exchange for the information. The way he went about this is quite puzzling. Unethical or unhappy people try to steal company information. We see it all the time in the news. However, they don’t normally attempt to sell said information to a different country.