By Mike Heine
December 5, 2006
ELKHORN - A student hacked into computers of four UW-Whitewater
staffers, gaining access to sensitive information such as passwords,
student disciplinary discussions and exam answers, according to a
Michael W. Mraz Jr. was charged with two felony computer crimes and
burglary and faces more than 19 years in prison if convicted.
According to the complaint, Mraz installed "Keylogger" software onto at
least four computers by downloading it from his university-issued flash
drive, a portable data storage device. Mraz worked in the Resident Life
When installed, Keylogger software captures keystrokes of the computer's
user as well as screenshots of locations the user might visit. The
hacker can remotely monitor this activity to decipher the user's ID and
password and gain access to programs the hacker is not otherwise allowed
According to the complaint, Mraz had a text file and logged keystrokes
of four university employees on his flash drive. On a CD, Mraz had were
more logged keystrokes, an exam with correct answers, student
disciplinary discussions and information pertinent to a police
Mraz allegedly collected the data between March 20 and May 10.
Surveillance videos captured Mraz allegedly downloading the software
onto a university computer.
University officials discovered the program on one computer in Goodhue
Hall on April 23. They reviewed surveillance footage and identified Mraz
as the only person in the room with the computer on that date, according
to the complaint.
Mraz has an arraignment hearing Friday, Dec. 15.
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