Cock-up sees staffer nab £70k hols

newyorkcity2A former member of staff at a Thomson-affiliated travel agency managed to splash out more than £70,000 on top-class holidays by using his old password to log into the firm’s computer systems, six months after leaving the firm.
A trial in his home town of Perth, Scotland, heard how 19-year-old Reece Scobie was able to book flights and hotel rooms for a period of six months between July 2011 and January 2012, when the fraud was uncovered.
The case exposed a major flaw in the company’s online security as Reece was able to log on simply by using his own password and a series of aliases.
The court heard he repeatedly logged in to Cambridge Business Travel’s systems to book flights – in business class – and stay in top hotels in Dubai, Singapore, Los Angeles, Auckland, Vancouver and New York.
In addition to using his own corporate passwords, which had not been changed, he also used the account of another employee of Cambridge Business Travel to book flights.
The fraud was uncovered when Scobie was in Los Angeles and his return flight cancelled – forcing him to borrow money to make his flight home.
In total, Thomson Travel lost £11,256 as a result of the fraud, while Cambridge Business Travel lost £59,878.
Scobie admitted two charges of fraud but sentencing was deferred pending psychiatric reports after the court was told that Scobie suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.

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