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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    chris (profile), 5 Nov 2007 @ 8:04am

    at least they get a trial, unlike kevin mitnick

    kevin mitnick served 4 and half years in a federal prison, with 8 months in solitary confinement WITHOUT A TRIAL.

    that means he sat in a cell for 4 and half years BEFORE they found him guilty or innocent. once they finally convicted him he only got 5 years.

    the precedent is clear: if you scare the public you will go away forever, even if the public has no clue what you actually did.

    hackers are the new child molesters. they scare us and we throw the book at them rather than taking real measures to protect what we think is important.

    so if you ask me, if they get a trial and have a decent case they most likely won't get 20. plus, since it sounds like they are actually going to get a speedy trial i say they are getting off easy compared to kevin mitnick.

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