It's a good thing that former AMX exec David Goldenberg was sentenced to psychological counseling along with his three years probation for intercepting emails from a Crestron rep.
There is something seriously wrong with him.
In a blog titled Don't Believe Everything You Read, Goldenberg tells his side of the story because the press evidently got a few things wrong.
"Let me explain a few things that have been written about me, but are completely untrue or misleading," he says.
Then he goes on to re-publish two very unflattering AP stories written about his arrest and subsequent guilty plea for federal wiretapping, followed by this:
Let me first say that I am truly sorry for the things I did and never meant for things to transpire the way they did. That being said, let me set the record straight on a number of issues.These are some of the things that shoddy journalists (like myself, presumably) got wrong, according to Goldenberg:
1. Marla Suttenberg, owner of Sapphire Marketing, the Crestron rep firm whose computers were hacked by Goldenberg, was never really a friend of the felon's. Those ballets they attended together were nothing more than business affairs. OK, now I get why he hacked into Sapphire's computers.
2. Goldenberg did in fact interview with Crestron before taking a job with archrival AMX, but the interview was arranged by Suttenberg herself, of all things!
3. When Goldenberg took the job at AMX, people at Sapphire bad-mouthed him! Worse, Sapphire hired one of his AMX employees without so much as a courtesy call to Goldenberg! Now if that doesn't warrant wiretapping, I don't know what does.
4. To call Goldenberg a hacker is "an insult to real hackers." (He actually says this.) The press reported that Goldenberg guessed Sapphire staffers' passwords. The press evidently got it all wrong. Goldenberg wants us to know that he didn't guess the passwords; he learned that the employees were using their default passwords (their first names).
"I don't have to tell anyone that you shouldn't have your first name as your password," he writes. That'll teach 'em.
(To this, Marla Suttenberg notes that Goldenberg only hacked four of 11 email accounts, so not all of the employees were using their default passwords.)
Justification #4 is just too priceless to gloss over. In Goldenberg's words:
I'm not a hacker. The idea that I used pets names or personal information to access Sapphire's email is an insult to real hackers. I happened across one individuals information on his computer when he left AMX. I assumed that the ID (first name@sapphiremarketing) and password (first name) were default passwords and that the person who's information I lucked upon would change it immediately. What I didn't realize was that all of the employees passwords were their first name. Every ID was their first name@sapphiremarketing and their passwords were their first name. I don't have to tell anyone that you shouldn't have your first name as your password.5. "Competition between AMX and Crestron is always fierce," Goldenberg says. AMX policy was to discount Crestron bids by 20 percent anyway, so it wasn't like Goldenberg was just underbidding Sapphire.
6. And anyways, Crestron managed to see AMX bids, too. So there.
7. Crestron must not have suffered too badly from Goldenberg's espionage if they declared December 2008 was a record month. "How could Sapphire have lost $1M and Crestron $10M if AMX was down for the year and Crestron had it's [sic] best month ever?" he asks. Good detective work, Mr. Goldenberg.
8. Goldenberg writes, "During my sentencing hearing, Ms. Suttenberg claimed that I had done irreparable damage to her firm. That her salespeople had to be more aggressive to win business and that the publicity of this case made it harder for her to win projects. What she doesn't mention is all of the publicity was generated by her firm."
OK, I'll give him that one.
Dude, how about that you stole emails from regular people – personal emails? That's just gross.
Dunk David Goldenberg in the EHX virtual dunking tank (top right poll)