What is most astonishing about this story of a student burglar / hacker is that after all the times he burglarized the school, he gets a measley 30 days in jail. What’s worse is that the school made no efforts to improve their security systems between breakins. This is a commercial burglary situation and it looks to me like they took no action whatsoever to prevent this from happening repeatedly. So, shame on the kid for doing it (again and again) but shame also on the school for not taking the steps to make sure it didn’t keep happening.
A former Orange County high school student who repeatedly broke into his school and hacked into computers to steal tests and alter his grades will spend 30 days in jail, court officials said.
In 2008, Khan and a group of friends came up with a plan to improve his grades.
The senior broke into classrooms and administrative offices at night and on weekends to steal Advanced Placement tests, prosecutors said. He placed spyware on several computers to learn passwords and then signed on to change his test scores and grades, prosecutors said. One night, he sneaked into administrative offices and changed his transcripts using the registrar’s log in and password, prosecutors said.
He planned to use those transcripts to appeal denial of admission into several top-tier schools, including USC and UC Berkley.
Toward the end of the school year, Khan and his friend Tanvir Singh broke into a classroom to steal an English test, but they were caught by a janitor, prosecutors said. Singh pleaded guilty in 2008 to one felony count of attempting to steal or remove public records and one misdemeanor count of computer access and fraud, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three years of probation, prosecutors said.
Susan Kang Schroeder, the district attorney’s chief of staff, said Khan got a huge break from the judge. He was originally charged with more than 60 felonies and faced up to 38 years in prison.
She said she hopes Khan learned a lesson.
“Hopefully he has turned his life around,” Kang Schroeder said. “If you’re burglarizing a school, especially when you’re trying to cheat the system, you’re going to get caught and face consequences.”