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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    Thom, 5 Nov 2007 @ 8:02am

    Rediculous

    Criminal penalties for changing your grades should be minimal but mandatory. Perhaps a $100 fine or 20 hrs community service per changed grade, plus mandatory reimbursement of costs incurred correcting them or verifying the integrity of other student grades. Perhaps that could be multiplied (factor of 10) for outsiders who change grades for students.

    School policies should be where the real punishment occurs. For changing your own grades (or participating in having yours changed) - automatic failure in and repeat of each class where you changed your grade. For those who change fellow student's grades - mandatory expulsion and loss of all credit.

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