One University student got jailed after he hacked into the school’s computer in order to change his grades to better ones.
For some of us hacking in a University’s computer system and breaking its security might seem like a bigger challenge than just studying a little bit harder. This particular student, however, found it easier to just hack his way to a better degree.
According to official reports, a 25 year old University student named Imran Uddin got jailed after he was caught breaking into the University of Birmingham’s computer system. The reports show that the 25 year old student used “shadowing” devices, which he placed in several computers. The key-logging devices recorded every single stroke staff members performed on the keyboards. Thus, Imran was later able to type in the admin passwords and to change his grades. The man wanted to level up from Cs to As, but he was eventually caught. A University staff member discovered one of Imran’s hacking devices and an immediate investigation was launched. The Regional Cyber Crime Unit’s experts managed to track the device back to Imran and he was arrested shortly after that.
The reports state that he appeared before the Birmingham Crown Court and admitted to breaching a total of 6 clauses of the Computer Misuse Act. It’s unclear exactly how many hacking devices he had used, but the judge ruled that the student’s actions were persistent, planned and absolutely illegal. He is set to be jailed for the upcoming 4 months.
Judge James Burbidge stated that he wasn’t able to determine the exact reason behind Imran’s actions. Apart from changing his grades out of the wish to outshine his classmates, the judge believes Imran might have hacked into the system for monetary reasons as well.