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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    fezline, 5 Nov 2007 @ 1:22pm

    Changing grades

    Yes they did a bad thing and got caught. I personally don't feel that they should get this harsh of a punishment. I have not really searched out the details of this case but it appears to me that someone looked foolish so now they want these kids to pay. The punishment should fit the crime. The damages here are simply to a system admin's ego and possibly about 30 min to an hour of time dedicated to changing the grades back and some passwords. It seems to me that they should get some subtle fines in the area of a couple thousand, get booted out of school, and some community service. These charges are totally trumped up and the punishment is totally disproportionate to the damages.

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