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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    barrenwaste, 5 Nov 2007 @ 1:03pm

    1. It is not 20% percent of the people commiting 80% of the crimes. I garauntee that every person above the age of 18 has committed a crime whether they know it or not. Most crimes simply go unnoticed by anyone.

    2. If at any time the number of criminals rises above that of law abiders then there is something wrong with the laws, not the people.

    3. When judging the penalties of a crime, one cannot look at what could have happened, only at what did happen. You cannot, in good moral conscience, sentence one person harder than another because thier crime could have lead to a greater disaster.

    4. These guys did break a law, that is a fact. However, the proposed punishment does not in any way fit the crime. Want to truely punish them? Flunk them and then expell them. Maybe tack on some comunity service. We are not talking about terrorists here.

    Just the fact that they could recieve such harsh sentences should raise the red flags in every americans head. Look around you people. Three strikes laws, life sentences for internet piracy, now 20 years and 1/4 mill for grade changes? This isn't rediculous, this is abuse of power by people riding the crest of a massive witch hunt, and I have news for you all, we are the witches.

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