Students have employed all sorts of tactics to change a grade they weren't pleased with: begging the professor for mercy, taking on extra credit, taking the class again. A few have gone beyond the usual techniques and employed drastic measures, as a student at the University of Utah recently did.
From the Daily Herald: A University of Utah student has been indicted on federal charges of hacking into one of his professor's computers in an attempt to change a failing grade, the U.S. attorney's office said.
You Li, a 21-year-old student from China, was charged in a federal indictment Friday with accessing a protected computer in an attempt at fraud and obtaining information from a protected computer. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Yikes, that's quite a penalty.
What do you think? Should all computer hackers be given the same sentence, regardless of the severity of their intentions? Should an attempt to change a grade be equated with an attempt to compromise national security, for instance, or to steal someone's financial identity? Is the penalty too harsh, or should everyone be treated the same?
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