Student Hackers Change Grades, Housing Status For a Price
College: Florida A&M University
Date: August 2007
Breaking into the college database to better your grades is one thing. Breaking into it for someone else for a hefty fee is genius. Florida A&M students Christopher Jacquette, Lawrence Secrease, and Marcus Barrington did just that by installing key-logging software on staff computers to obtain instructor passwords and alter grades for themselves, and others, for a price. They also edited the residency status of several others to help them qualify for reduced tuition fees. The trio might have gotten away with the crime, but were caught the second time around after the university discovered the unsolicited software from, of all things, an audit report. Jacquette was sentenced to nearly two years in prison and three years of supervised release.