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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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Nov 2007 @ 2:48pm

    Re: Oh my god

    After having read through the first 20 or so comments, I'm astounded. How is putting people away for 20 years going to help anyone?

    It helps me. I like to see other people suffer because it makes me feel good. If I can't go out and take out my frustrations on people myself then I can at least get a vicarious thrill out of seeing it done on my behalf through the legal system. Kind of like how porn is a substitute for the real thing. So I say the tougher the penalty the better. And the more people in prison the better (as long as it isn't me). If the system wants my support then it better keep giving me what I want.

    Keeping people locked up costs a *lot* of money and resources.

    Maybe, but it's worth it.

    I don't support capital punishment at all (so many innocent people have been executed over the years).

    Too bad you weren't one of them.

    Do we keep people locked up simply to punish them, or to protect others from them?

    We do it because we like it.

    We don't beat the crap out of the child for taking a cookie from the jar.

    We're not allowed to do that directly. But we can convict him of theft and send him off to a boot camp where he will be beaten on our behalf. Then maybe we can read about it in the news (especially if they do a really good job and he dies). Still, not quite the same as doing it yourself though.

    I really hope you think about this, and reconsider your views.

    What's there to think about? Yeah, it's a compromise but then life is full of compromises. You can't always get what you really want.

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