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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    Al Gore, 5 Nov 2007 @ 7:55am

    Last I checked

    While I agree with the arguement about the goofy sentencing for various crimes, the answer isn't to say oh well it WASN'T that bad compared to ...

    the answer is to issue more severe punishment for the severe crimes. If you murder someone, jail for life, you commit a crime with a deadly weapon, jail for life. You sexually assualt a kid, jail for life. Not 20 years and parole in 10. I'll gladly pay more taxes for jails and guards rather than probabation officers, public aid and all the grief Counselors.

    Remember the old adage 20% of the people do 80% of the work? Well I would suggest that 20% of the criminals commit 80% of the crime. You lock that 20% up for good and let's see what happens with crime. Then you won't need to spend all the money we spend on the criminal justice system and we can spend it on important things like making sure cows don't spew carbon dioxide into the air. OR sending our military secrets to China.

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