303: Matt Fine – Disgruntled Phillies Fan Cyber Attack

Retired agent Matt Fine reviews his investigation of a disgruntled Philadelphia Phillies fan who hacked computers and launched a cyber-attack against the team and email accounts of reporters at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, leaving messages voicing his complaints about the Phillies management.

Matt served in the FBI for nearly 23 years. Prior to his assignment in Washington, DC, Matt served as a field agent for approximately eight years assigned to the Philadelphia Field Office. During that time he conducted white collar crime investigations, but a bulk of his field career was spent on computer intrusion investigations and managing national cyber investigative programs and field offices, and managed strategic industry and government agency relationships in the field of Operational Technologies and Electronic Surveillance.

Special Agent (Retired)

Matthew Fine

5/1999 – 12/2021







“The thread that pulled this all together was the fact that the perpetrator, the bad actor here, started to be very specific in his displeasure with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Inquirer online in these public bulletin board areas. The specificity of his displeasure was on a topic regarding a Philadelphia Phillies baseball player.”—Retired Agent Matt Fine

Initially, Matt served in Cyber Division in which he was the program manager of the elite quick reaction team of Cyber Special Agents known as the Cyber Action Team (CAT), Regional Cyber Action Teams (RCATs) and the Botnet Initiative, which combated botnets and the threat they pose to the Internet and infrastructure. Matt led two successful national takedown operations known as Operation Bot Roast I and Operation Bot Roast II.

Matt also served as the Chief of the Executive Support Unit in the Operational Technology Division, where he led Technical Operational Coordination, Strategic Technical Industry Liaison (Lawful Access), Technical Crisis Management & Incident Response, Strategic Executive Management, Budget Formulation, Strategic Communications, Export Control, Internet Governance, Training Coordination, Compliance and Audit Programs.

Before his retirement, Matt served as a chief within the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, leading their Electronic Surveillance program. Prior to this assignment, Matt served as the Chief of the FBI Cyber Division’s Technology Innovation Unit, where he and his team conducted Research & Development efforts in the area of computational sciences to advance mission capabilities.

Matt currently serves as a Specialist Leader at Deloitte and serves clients in the Government & Public Sector space, with a focus on cyber, operational technology, and leadership.

The following are links to articles and court documents about ALLAN ERIC CARLSON, the disgruntled Phillies fan cyber attack:

ESPN 10/7/2003: Fan accused of sending spam e-mail from team officials addresses

Press Release USAO -EDPA – 7/14/2005: Disgruntled Phillies Fan/Spammer Sent to Prison for Four Years

New York Post – 3/28/2019: Phillies-obsessed hacker with white supremacist past nearly died from cobra bite in his snake and spider horror house

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Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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