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    CS Major charged in hack

    Found this kind of interesting since he was a CS major.
    Why do something something so damn dumb?

    Student charged with hacking his college
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    Mar 15 2003, 01:29 (UTC+0)
    From: hx :
    Authorities filed federal charges Friday against a 20-year-old student accused of hacking into a University of Texas computer system and stealing Social Security numbers and other personal information from more than 55,000 students, faculty and staff members.
    Christopher Andrew Phillips, a computer science major at the Austin campus, was charged with unlawful access to a protected computer and unlawful use of a means of identification.

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    Don't believe everything you read. All 'hackers' are made out to be malicious criminals by the media. "Stealing" could very be "Gaining access to."

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    Even as true as that is, why do it? What positive, in the long run scope of things, do you have to gain from something so risky?

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    Originally posted by RoD
    Even as true as that is, why do it? What positive, in the long run scope of things, do you have to gain from something so risky?
    Why do you assume he was trying to gain anything at all?

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    Well if he wasnt trying to gain, is there a reason? Most hackers/crackers whatever, do it to gain knowledge or information, just seems odd to put everything on the line with no good goal in mind, and even then...

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    I dont think someone would hack to gain nothing at all. If he was bored and just decided to hack why personal info, why not something of less importance.

    Maybe he just wanted to proove to someone he could do it, but then again, why steal the info?
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    most of the crackers do what the do out of curiosity, the itch to gain knowledge of what's behind the closed door!!
    oh i'm sorry! i didn;t realize my fist was rushing to meet ur face!

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    I don't usually believe anything that the media says that is computer related, because the media screws everything up and don't actually know what they are talking about. It's all over-dramatized BS.

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    Originally posted by Xei
    I don't usually believe anything that the media says that is computer related, because the media screws everything up and don't actually know what they are talking about. It's all over-dramatized BS.
    I agree totally. I think our greatest enemy in a war is the media. They are so ahrd on to tell it all they will be our demise.

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    I think it might be kind of a rush to hack...but, um, ah... I wouldn't want to

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