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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    me.g33k, 5 Nov 2007 @ 8:42am

    Rewards for hacking

    Get a grip. We're not in the eighties anymore where impact the impact of a hack can be isolated to small segments. Everything is interconnected today and effects in one system can easily ripple and cause problems in other more significant ones. The idea that rewarding a successful hack should be considered is sophmoric at best. And this opinion used comes from someone who DID hack back in the old days when it was largely innocent fun. Now given the understanding of thins that I have, even those light hearted efforts frighten me because of what I didn't know and could have precipitated with my old brute force techniques.

    The majority of 'real' hackers today don't get rewards from their victims. Their coin is the creds that they get form their own closed and insular group of peers.

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