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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    Mitch the Bitch, 5 Nov 2007 @ 10:16am

    The idea that anyone can decide which laws they deem worthy is the same idea that will be the end of our civilization as we know it.

    50 years hard labor, and I mean really hard labor makes anyone think twice. What we have now isn;t punishment. Hang wit da boyz, 3 square meals, health care... Yea that will prevent crime and the metrics prove it (and I have a bridge for sale)...

    Freaking libs shut the f$%^ up already before you piss the real men off and make us TAKE back America by force.

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