New details have come to light regarding the 2012 incident where a hacker was able to steal travel vouchers from the United Airlines website, then turn around and sell them for a profit.
Ammon Cunningham from Saratoga Springs, Utah, is believed to be the culprit. The case affidavit claims that Cunningham emailed United Airlines telling them of a "massive hole" in the website and would discuss it in detail with the company's security team for $10,000 and first class airfare for him and his family to any destination for free.
Instead of flying for free, court documents claim that Cunningham stole PIN numbers for electronic travel certificates, totaling $58,123. Next, Cunningham sold the certificates to online classified sites such as Craigslist.
Cunningham has been charged with felony computer crimes, theft, communications fraud and patterns of unlawful activity. He will make his first court appearance on May 20.