College: University of Oxford
Date: March 11, 2005
As journalism undergrads and staff writers for the The Oxford Student, Patrick Foster and Roger Waite did more than just break news stories for the college newspaper—they also broke the law. The duo attempted to alert students and faculty of the university's weak computer security system by breaking into it using software they found online and writing a news article about how easily they obtained electronic conversations and passwords from staff and students. “We were simply trying to expose the security failings in Oxford's IT network," said Foster. After having their punishments reduced to a fine, both writers snagged jobs at The Times and the Sunday Times a few years after graduation. Who knew lawbreakers were treated like royalty in the UK?