Holliston Police Charges Graduate for Hacking Town School Computer

Police charged a graduate student of breaking into the computer system of his high school. It said the teenager went beyond mischief to identity theft.

Holliston police has charged Andrew Brockert, aged 18 and reigning from Holliston, of gaining unauthorized access to his school computer system and misappropriating someone's personal identification data to commit identity fraud, said Chief Thomas Lambert, as reported by GlobalKnowledge on July 6, 2007.

Lambert said Brockert in particular faces charges because his offense was of a higher degree than three other students, also graduating seniors who breached the computer security system of Holliston High.

On trying to get Brockert over the phone, a woman in the house answered that Brockert had nothing to say about the charges or whatever happened. The court is referring a diversion program for the other three students on community service and counseling for improvement.

Earlier Lambert had said that police would act on that student who was the real culprit in the hack. Brockert and other students in his class have graduated with honors since the hack on May 21, 2007 but they are not allowed to attend commencement.

According to police's previous reports, the students used a master key to enter the school building. On 5th July 2007, police filed twin charges of misconduct against a fresh honors graduate from Holliston High School accusing him of breaking school locks along with three other students to enter the premises and illicitly accessing the school's computer network.

Following the computer hack, it became necessary for town workers to change their passwords and the school had to change its locks, police said. Ironically in 2004 when Brockert was a second year student of his college, he assisted the school district with putting up PCs. He had volunteered along with many other students in setting up new PCs at a primary school, reports Daily News.

According to Lambert, they are trying to make a court request for a hearing by a clerk magistrate regarding the charges. Most probably Brockert will receive a mail summoning him to appear in court on a particular date and time, Lambert added.

Related article: Hillsdale Mayor Engages in Hacking and Writing Untrue E-Mails

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