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KSU Student Arrested, to Face Trial over Hacking for Altering Grades

A college pupil of Kennesaw State University (KSU) who's a resident of Georgia is under arrest for apparently hacking into the computers of his institution. The student named Chase Arthur Hughes seemingly utilized the Internet connection of his girlfriend for carrying out the hack. Hughes' purpose was to alter course grade of his own and some classmates' and that he did, raising his grade to "A" from "B" and a classmate's grade to "A" from "F." It's reported the hack occurred during summer.

Seemingly, by using the usernames and passwords of faculty members, Hughes managed logging into KSU's computers. The indictment on Hughes is that he committed PC forgery and invaded into the privacy as well as trespassed in others' area of work. It's not comprehensible right now whether Hughes pulled down any data alternatively what way he got hold over the plentiful details belonging to the KSU professors.

A software program named Owl Express is used at KSU that informs professors of different classes over e-mail anytime somebody mischievously modifies the grades.

Cops in Kennesaw State started one investigation during May following reports about the hack. Actually a professor had got one e-mail that the PC system of the university sent him which stated that certain grade change was done which he didn't make. Following this notification, the professor told college authorities who subsequently informed the police. Ajc.com posted this, September 20, 2016.

While news about the arrest unfolded fast all over the campus, the grades' correction too was immediately done.

Lectra Lawhorne provisional CIO (chief information officer) of KSU said that whilst, as normal, professors were alerted about grade changes, extra caution had been introduced for additional detection of illegitimate access.

Now, after his arrest Hughes' trial will take place inside Georgia. His offence is threefold computer forgery, breaking into computer's privacy and PC trespassing. Crimes associated with PC privacy can lead to a maximum of $50,000 in fine else incarceration for a maximum of fifteen years.

Interestingly, student Hughes owned a business empire focusing on finance when he was admitted to KSU and stayed during 2015 autumn to 2016 summer.

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