Former Student Charged with University of Nebraska Hack


Daniel Stratman, a former math and computer science major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been charged with breaching a university database on May 23 of this year.

"Stratman, 22, of Omaha has been charged in U.S. District Court with intentionally accessing a protected computer system and causing damage of at least $5,000," writes's Leslie Reed. "The felony carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine."

"The breach exposed a database containing information on 650,000 students, alumni, parents and employees from the Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney campuses," writes Nebraska Radio Network's Brent Martin. "It also exposed information kept by Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State Colleges. Information included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, grades and financial aid."

"In June, Joshua Mauk, information security officer for NU, said the incident had prompted the university to re-evaluate its online security plans," write The Lincoln Journal Star's Lori Pilger and Nicholas Bergin. "NU computing services personnel identified Stratman as a suspect by the IP address used to access the system, officials said. ... Stratman has been released pending an arraignment, set for Jan. 8."