Schmitz, a convicted criminal, found a world of press ready and willing to bite on his stories of hacking, some of which are almost a direct rip off another charlatan (se7en). He leveraged this media attention into press for his promises of financial ventures that seemed to go nowhere. Each time he pops up, the media seems to conveniently forget his history and past in a meaningful way. Rather, the media latches on to the highlights that make the story interesting, not the history of lies and failure. This may be one of the better cases demonstrating that media outlets want sensationalism, not the truth.