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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    Shun, 5 Nov 2007 @ 1:36pm

    Maximum Exposure

    The 11-count indictment is what some folks like to call "the book". Usually, the prosecutor will do this to get defendants to cop to a lower plea. So, these two will plead nolo contendre to "Taking a dump in public" or "Using computers to do bad-bad things" and the prosecutor doesn't have to work as hard. Everybody's a Winner!!!

    But really: CSU--Fresno, one of the top 5 engineering schools? Really. Well, I heard it here first, on this most reliable techblog.

    The other thing I can't get over: the word permanent. We have to realize that the entire English language is not "permanent" in the literal sense of that word. We need a new definition of permanent, something akin to "it takes a huge amount of effort or time to change." Like the criminal-justice system, or people's hatred of/sympathy for "hackers", or people's opinions as expressed on this blog.

    Nah, no one will like that. Better leave it the way it is.

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