Thursday, December 21, 2006

California Hacking on Such a Winter's Day: USC hacker sentence after UCLA hack

I thought the juxtaposition of these two stories was interesting, on the 12th and 21st of December:
UCLA warns 800,000 people that hacker gained access to their personal information
USC hacker sentenced to 6 months of home detention
Now add this November nugget to the mix:
Rising cost of data security breaches: $182 per record
Now consider this: the June 2005 breach of USC's online student application system compromised 275,000 records and caused the university to shut down the site for 10 days and the perp gets 6 months home detention. But if the cops had found one twentieth of an ounce of crack on the guy he would be going to jail for a minimum of five years. Somehow, something is screwed up here.


Walter said...

Hm... I would agree. Somthing does seem to be a little bit... completely messed up would be one way to put it.

Also, please forgive my ignorance, but if you're punished for hacking with house arrest... Do you get your computer and internet taken away? 'Cause otherwise it seems like it would be a both ineffective and possibly pointless punishment.

High Power Rocketry said...

: )