Re: [ISN] Student arrested for allegedly hacking university computers to derail election

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Date: Thu Jun 26 2003 - 23:36:35 PDT

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    Forwarded from: Russell Coker <russellat_private>
    On Thu, 26 Jun 2003 18:50, Jon Miller wrote:
    > That this student chose to use his skills to exploit a university
    > computer system (not well known for security in general) is
    > troubling. It wasn't by accident that he did this, and unless he's
    > been living on another planet for the past couple of years, he knows
    > that we don't and shouldn't have a sense of humor about such things.
    Normally we don't have a sense of humor about public nudity, drunken
    disorderly behaviour, vandalism, unlicensed radio transmission,
    offensive language used in radio and public performances, and all the
    other things that are well tolerated at university functions.
    Even offenses such as impersonating police officers and theft
    (although temporary) of police property are treated lightly when
    performed by university students as part of a "prank".
    Why should rigging an election be treated more seriously than the huge
    number of other minor crimes committed by university students which
    are often ignored by the police?  It seems to me that a common police
    practice when dealing with student pranks is to compell the students
    to repair or pay for any damage that they cause and then let them off
    with a warning.
    Why not just get the student to clean the floors of the computer labs
    for half a year?  It will be enough punishment to deter them from
    doing it again (often magistrates give less punishment), it will
    provide some benefit to the university, and everyone will save the
    time and effort that goes into prosecuting the case.
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