A former University of Texas at Austin student has been sentenced to
five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $170,000 in
restitution for hacking into the school's computer system and taking
Social Security numbers and other personal information from tens of
thousands of people.
Christopher Andrew Phillips, 22, was also prohibited from accessing
the Internet, except under approval and supervision from his probation
officer and only for school or work, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said
in a news release Tuesday.
"He found out the hard way that breaking into someone else's computer
is not a joke," Sutton said in the release.
A federal jury found him guilty in June of damaging the university's
computer system and illegally possessing almost 40,000 Social Security
The jury acquitted Phillips of the two most serious charges against
him, rejecting prosecutors' claims that he intended to profit from the
Social Security numbers and from the financial data of other people
that was found on his computer in January 2003.
Sept 16-18th, 2005
San Diego, California