Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Joseph A. Camp, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., was recently sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole for his involvement in a hacking scheme targeting the University of Central Missouri (UCM). He was also ordered to pay $61,500 in restitution (h/t Softpedia).
In 2009, Camp and fellow student Daniel J. Fowler, 23, developed malware that they used to infect UCM computers and obtain victims' user names and passwords, both by offering to show vacation photos on an infected thumb drive, and by manually installing the malware on computers in public areas such as computer labs and the campus library.
They then leveraged those login credentials to download an administrator's e-mails, to active and monitor victims' webcams, to attempt to transfer money into their student accounts, to attempt to change grades, and to disguise their own identities when accessing the university network.
Camp was arrested in New York in December 2009, and pled guilty on April 12, 2013. Fowler pled guilty on June 22, 2011, and is currently awaiting sentencing.