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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    Danny, 5 Nov 2007 @ 7:41am

    I wonder...

    what type of sentece they would be facing if they had kidapped the dean and threatened to kill if their grades were not changed. I don't understand how when it comes to tech related crimes to possible penatly seems to far out weight the crime in question. First there was the substitute teacher that could have faced 40 years for her class accidentally seeing porn on the classroom pc. She could have raped one the children in the classrom in front of the rest them and would be facing a lighter sentence. Then there is the lady that was found liable for inducing copyright infringment on 24 counts who may have to pay over $200K. I think this comes to about $9k per count. Terrible...

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