It may sound like a prank but it’s a prank that’s costing one young man jail time. A college student rigged an election for student council to go his way and will now serve jail time. I doubt he thought he would get caught and serve jail time. This is not something we want to have happen to you or any of your loved ones.
At a University in California, the computer team that runs the university network noticed odd traffic. When they dug deeper, they found that a number of votes were coming from one computer. They watched that same computer log into a university official’s account to read a few emails. All of this is highly illegal of course.
HOW HE DID IT
The student installed keyloggers onto computers which allowed him to watch people log in so he could collect their passwords. Computer techs estimate he stole almost 750 ids and passwords.
He then used the stolen credentials to vote for himself and his friends.
Police searched his computer and found search terms such as “rig”, “keylogger”, and even “jail time for keylogger”
He bought the keyloggers.
When he got caught, he created fake Facebook pages using real students’ names, posted fake posts and tried to make it look like he was being framed
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
If it’s wrong to do in the physical world, the same rules apply to the digital world
Using a keylogger to steal ids and passwords is never okay
Unauthorized access to any type of account will cross the line with the law but each state has their own set of penalties
Using the identity of another person online is consider fraud and could also have its own set of penalties
The election voting itself was a problem was also matched with the fake Facebook posts used to cover his tracks. This lead the Judge in this case to say "That’s the phenomenal misjudgment I can’t get around. "He’s on fire for this crime, and then he pours gasoline on it to try to cover it up."