Ore. Student Pleads Guilty to Hacking District Computer

Published: November 19, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. — An expelled North Eugene High School student who breached the Eugene School District 4J’s computer system, posting students’ confidential information, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony computer crime.

The student, whose name has not been released, posted the confidential data for 15,500 on June 9 on the Web page of an unsuspecting middle school student. He later sent taunting messages directing the district’s superintendent, the district’s then-technology director and its network security specialist to the Web site, The Register-Guard reports.

Lane Circuit Judge Cynthia Carlson dismissed a second computer crime count against the student under a plea deal. However, she recommended that the juvenile undergo psychological evaluation citing the boy’s lack of remorse.

During the hearing, the student said he stumbled on the information on the 4J Web site and simply wanted to bring the error to district officials’ attention. He also publicly apologized for any inconvenience his actions may have caused.

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