[ISN] Former student pleads guilty to hacking school payroll data

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:04:39 -0600 (CST)

By Howard Buck
Columbian staff writer
The Columbian
March 25, 2010

A 21-year-old former Evergreen Public Schools student has pleaded guilty 
to criminal charges in connection with a computerized payroll security 
breach last November that put more than 5,000 past and current Vancouver 
district school employees at risk of identity theft.

Christopher Berge, last known to reside in Oregon City, Ore., was 
sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday by Clark County Superior 
Court Judge Roger Bennett.

Berge pleaded guilty to counts of first-degree computer trespass; 
second-degree identity theft; forgery; and possession of 

The news was announced late Wednesday by e-mail from Vancouver 
Superintendent Steve Webb to district administrators, and passed to 
other employees today. Webb wrote that the pleas brought "closure" to 
the data breach uncovered last Nov. 9.

Webb's e-mail said Berge had "shoulder-surfed" a password from an 
Evergreen school employee while still a student there.


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