Man boasts on LinkedIn about ‘top secret’ U.S. govt job, gets detained

A former U.S. government employee was arrested for attempting to sell classified emails to a foreign government. (Courtesy: LinkedIn)

An ex-U.S. government official has been arrested for boasting about his “top secret” involvement in the U.S. government through LinkedIn and attempting to sell classified emails to an unnamed foreign government, according to The Independent.

Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, needed money to fund his life in the Philippines with his local wife, so offered to sell a list of Nuclear Regulatory Commission emails to an unnamed embassy for $18,800.

The embassy contacted the FBI and the fired government employee was arrested when he tried to send phishing emails to 37 computers belonging to the U.S. Department of Energy. The FBI caught him in an undercover mission where they bought 1200 email addresses from him for $7,000.

Eccleston was charged and detained on Friday for three counts of unauthorized access to a computer and one count of wire fraud, for which he could face up to 50 years in prison.

According to Eccleston’s LinkedIn page he worked for the U.S. government for a total of 15 years, spending 13 years in the Department of Energy with a “top secret” security clearance, and 2 years for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He also boasted about working on “top secret DOD (Department of Defense) projects" on the business-oriented social networking service.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47