By: Krystle Crossman
College courses can be demanding, time-consuming, and very hard. Most students will study as much as they can, do all of the required work and show up for every class. Other students however have found that it is easier for them to hack into the professor’s computer system and change their grades from Fs to As. These students are now being sent to jail.
Roy Sun went to Purdue University. He looked like the model straight A student on paper. It would seem strange that he would have these grades considering he never showed up to classes. Sun is now in jail for hacking into the professor’s computer and changing all of his grades. He was failing all of his courses. He said that it was just easier for him to change the grades because the work was hard. He will be spending three months in an Indiana jail cell.
He is not the first and will most likely not be the last person to do this. There is a growing list of college students that are serving jail time because they hacked into the school computers to change records. In December there were two students who had been caught at Florida International University hacking into the system to get tests that were to be given out. They sold the answers for $150 per test.
Almost all of the students that have been caught had been found to have used a keystroke logger which records the keystrokes that the person who is typing makes. The device can easily be purchased online and when installed in a keyboard will tell them the password. It is very hard to spot one of the loggers as they do not show up on computer virus scanners and are hard to see unless you know what you are looking for.
The security of the college software is partly to blame as many do not take enough precautions to ensure that the software and computers are secure.