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Friday, 26 November 2010 09:46

College kids arrested for computer hacking conspiracy

Written by Nick Farell


Made a virus to bring down UCM
Two UCM college students have been arrested and charged in connection with a computer hacking conspiracy to bring down their university network.

Prosecutors claim that Joseph Camp, 26, and Daniel Fowler, 21, hatched together a computer hacking scheme while they were students at the University of Central Missouri in 2009. The pair made a virus to infect UCM computers, including the university president's computer.

Once the virus was installed, the two were able to record a user's keystrokes and download the user's files, court documents said. They then attempted to flog the data to a contact in New York. The data included personal information of tens of thousands of people from UCM.

They were discovered and apparently attempted to silence a witness by threatening him on Facebook, the court was told.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 yourma2000 2010-11-26 14:23
You know, the Stuxnet worm (You know, the one that messed up the Iranian nuclear plant computer systems) was on BBC news last night because it found it's way into the hands of organised crime gangs, but I guess two nerdy college students are more interesting than some computer super virus.
 
 
+5 #2 Psykosis 2010-11-26 19:37
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apparently attempted to silence a witness by threatening him on Facebook

Awesome lulz moment.
 
 
+4 #3 yasin 2010-11-26 21:48
if they only wanted to bring down the network, surely there was a switch somewhere..
 

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