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Two plead guilty to Purdue computer hacking

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Two former Purdue University students have pleaded guilty to charges they hacked into the computer accounts of their professors in order to change their course grades.

Engineering majors Roy Sun and Sujay Sharma pleaded guilty in Tippecanoe County court Monday to felony computer tampering charges. The Journal & Courier reports they are scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Prosecutors charged them with working with fellow student Mitsutoshi Shirasaki to steal computer keyboards from professors' offices and install key logging devices to learn account passwords.

Shirasaki faces similar charges but authorities believe he fled to Japan.

Authorities charged Sun with changing nine F's and one incomplete to straight A's. Sharma changed one grade from a D to an A. Shirasaki is suspected of changing 24 grades.

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  • Should be punished, but
    MIT always bragged about their students can do unusual engineering things in campus, such as moving a car to the top of the building, etc. Question is how to balance between encourging creativity and strange behavior. Maybe these students should be punished for using such a non-creative way to get what they want
  • Hackers-Jackers
    Wow desperate to be perfect in a very difficult major at a very challenging University. Answers my question as to what happens at Purdue while everyone else goes home between breaks.
  • overkill
    If they are smart enough to hack into the network to change their grades then they are smart enough to earn a degree. Choosing a less strenuous major, or perhaps even a different school, would have been preferable to their plan. That being said although a crime was clearly committed prosecuting the case as a felony seems unnecessary. Charges like that should be reserved for cases involving financial fraud. Sending a few college students to prison over some harebrained scheme to change their grades is overkill. Banning them from the school along with some sort of misdemeanor plea seems more appropriate.
  • foreign students
    You should note these are all foregin students. Will be hard to extradite a Japanese citizen for changing grades. Also will be difficult to prosecute foreign nationals. Purdue will have difficulty with this case since they are more than likely not U.S. citizens. Just another reason to have more Indiana born students at Purdue rathern than foreign nationals. If they can hack into Professors computers, how much research has been taken offshore from our Universities?
  • Hacking
    Can you believe high school student, Ferris Bueller, was able to hack into his school computer to change his attendance in 1986

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