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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    Boris, 5 Nov 2007 @ 7:57am

    Yes. It is worth it. They deserve the penalty, if not more.

    It's hard enough being in a top 5 engineering school. I don't need some lazy prick with no social life and less intelligence to skew the class average to put everyone else at a disadvantage. Fuck them. They had no business changing their grade. They did the crime, knowing the consequences, with bad intentions. None of it was an accident (aside from them being caught) - and I sure as hell don't want to let them potentially have a second chance - so they deserve maximum sentence.

    There are smarter fish in the sea, why waste our efforts on these assholes.

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