Do Grade Changing Hackers Deserve 20 Years In Jail?

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

Over the years, we've had numerous stories of kids caught changing their grades by hacking into school computer systems. However, is it worth a $250,000 fine and 20 years in jail? That's apparently what two men face after hacking into California State University's computer system and changing their grades. The guys have been charged with "unauthorized computer access, identity theft, conspiracy, and wire fraud." Obviously, these guys did a bad thing, but it's hard to see how the possible sentence matches with the crime. Of course, it seems unlikely that any judge would give them the maximum sentence, but even hearing that it's possible just for changing your grades seems ridiculous.

Filed Under: grade changing, hackers, identity theft


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  1. identicon
    Ix, 6 Nov 2007 @ 11:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Deep breaths and calm rational thi

    [semi-rant]

    Actually a recent study done by the Canadian government showed that people who file share more songs buy more CDs with a mirrored increase. A direct correlation can not properly be established from this study, but one can say there is proof now that people who file share more do buy more CDs and that file sharing does not actually harm the industry in any provable way.

    Now some may say "but that's Canada" but this is the first study that hasn't been done by the RIAA or one of its many branches and I'd bet good money that the same holds true most places in the world. I realize that most people who post here would take the Canadian study at face value and accept it, but I aim to get all the arguments out of the way before some RIAA astroturfer finds this and says some crap.

    The study as I said is the first that wasn't done by one of the media organizations, the first study also that doesn't show billions or trillions of damages from piracy. It was also done in a controlled way that accounted for diversity in people/personalities by covering a large population over a moderately long time. It's the only study that hasn't been conducted using assumptions from the media groups as if they were facts, and the only one that can't be ripped apart by someone knowledgeable taking a look at it.

    [end semi-rant]

    So yeah, internet file sharing is at least related to buying more music.

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