An employee of Akamai, one of the world's largest Internet content delivery providers, was arrested and charged with wire fraud after he allegedly tried to sell confidential company data to a foreign government.
Elliot Doxer, 42, of Brookline, MA, worked in Akamai's finance department where he had access to customer information, contracts and invoices.
According to the authorities, in June 2006, the man sent an email to a foreign country's consulate in Boston, saying the he is willing to leak confidential information from his employer.
"I know you are always looking for information and I am offering the little I may have," Doxer wrote. He originally asked for $3,000, but later offered to drop the price in exchange for information on his son, who was living with his ex-wife abroad.
The foreign country, which cooperated with the investigation is not named in the complaint and is referred to as "Country X," but clues suggest it might be Israel.
Doxer identified himself as a Jewish American living in Boston and he wrote about "my desire to help our homeland and our war against our enemies."
A year after he sent the email, in September 2007, an undercover FBI officer posing as a representative of the foreign government called him and asked if he is still willing to help.
Doxer agreed and the two established a location where the man would drop the information. Over the following eighteen months, he was filmed and photographed while leaving copies of Akamai confidential documents at the scene, on around sixty separate occasions.
Jeff Young, a spokesman for Cambridge-based Akamai, told the Boston Globe that "there is no evidence that he disclosed any of the information referenced in the complaint to anyone outside of law enforcement."
Doxer is currently on leave from the company and if found guilty he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.