With so many recent reports of hacks, software theft, and cloud-based security breaches, this "physical world" espionage case seems all the more mysterious.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to figure out who is stealing stuff from "a Fortune 500 company in Houston's energy corridor." The company's trying to stay anonymous. The man in these photos took several items (physical things!) from the company during non-business hours in 2015. Federal agencies are on the lookout for activity that might indicate attempts to hack America's energy grid, and while it's a long shot, the repeat thefts from this corporation seemed especially concerning.
He was caught on camera during the theft and during another burglary attempt at the same company. According to the FBI, at approximately 3 a.m. on June 25 the burglar gained unauthorized access into the building through a defective door. After spending a couple of hours inside, the man exited with property belonging to the company and its employees.
On Dec. 30, the same man attempted to enter the same Fortune 500 Company. This time, the man was unable to get into the secure area of the building. He stole a security radio from a desk in the lobby on his way out.
The FBI says investigators want to know the man's motive for targeting the company and the particular items stolen. The suspect was described as a white male, about 35 – 45 years old, 5'9" – 5'10" tall with a medium build, and dark hair.