Exam cheat jailed for hacking into university computer system

The Telegraph is reporting that a university student who hacked into a computer system to improve his grades is thought to be the first ever British student to be jailed for cheating…

Jailed for four months, Imran Uddin, a student at the University of Birmingham, used a keyboard spying device to steal staff passwords and then increase his marks on five exams, including one from 57 per cent to 73 per cent.

The 25-year old student was pursuing his final year of a bio-science course and was expecting to achieve at least a lower second class degree.

But he was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court after admitting six charges contrary to the Computer Misuse Act…

Mr Uddin, who is married, attached a “shadowing” keyboard device at the back of a number of university computers in order to steal staff passwords, the court heard…

Police found Mr Uddin had made ebay searches on his computer for keyboard cheating devices. He had also tried to enter the university marking system…

 

I would image any sensitive systems like this really ought to require two-factor authentication now – especially as it can normally be operated through a mobile device.

That way a legitimate user needs both to know his/her log on details and have something in their possession (normally a device to generate a one time sequence of digits) before they can get into the system. 

It makes hacking much harder without much extra hassle and would seem to make sense for school and university systems where students can access terminals.

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