Suspected UGA Hacker Commits Suicide


Charles Staples Stell, 26, who was being investigated for his alleged involvement in a security breach at the University of Georgia, has committed suicide.

"An investigation into the security breach was ongoing when [Stell] was found dead at his home in Athens on Nov. 7," writes The Augusta Chronicle's Joe Johnson. "The intrusion to the computer system was discovered in October, but UGA police just recently learned about Stell’s death, and this week released his name and alleged involvement accessing the personnel records of at least 8,500 current and former UGA employees. 'At this point, we felt the public needed to know for them to have some closure,' UGA police Lt. Eric Dellinger said."

"Authorities have found the stolen files in the possession of Stell, but they haven’t found any evidence to indicate that the information had been given to anyone else," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "The man, who had served in the National Guard for six years, shot himself. It’s unknown whether the suicide has had anything to do with the criminal investigation."

"Stell attended classes at UGA between 2005 and 2007," writes The Hacker News' Mohit Kumar.