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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    David, 6 Nov 2007 @ 7:18am

    Re: Deep breaths and calm rational thinking

    Well said, except for the last paragraph. I agree with you though, the legal system/laws are broken. Seems like people strive for the extremes. Murderers should be locked up for life, people who do dumb things shouldn't expect any help from anyone, and so on. It's too individualistic. We are a society, and we need to take care of each other, damnit! Even those who make mistakes, and EVEN those who do bad things on purpose.

    And something to think about: a lot of you argue that these guys should pay quite a big price for their crime. Yet, I think most of you "illegally" download material from the internet, and I doubt you would be as understanding if it were YOU being fined $1M for downloading a few songs. I think you would be outraged at the magnitude of the punishment. By the way, those of you who feel that you don't "illegally" download anything from the web need not state so, because no one cares.

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