Orange County, Ca High School Students Charged with Computer Hacking and Fraud

Two Tesoro High School students are being charged with upwards of 69 felony counts of unauthorized computer access, burglary, fraud, identity theft, conspiracy and altering public records. Omar Khan, 18 of Coto de Caza is set to be arraigned on June 19, 2008 in Newport Beach and Tanvir Singh, 18 of Ladera Ranch will be arraigned on July 8, 2008 in Newport Beach.

The students, both seniors are alleged to have committed a series of crimes in an effort to cheat on tests, change their grades all to bolster their GPA’s. Omar Khan, with savvy computer knowledge is alleged to have broken into Tesoro High School late at night and on weekends and installing a spyware computer program to gain access to teachers passwords. Once he had access, he was able to change grades from F’s to A’s. Tanvir Singh, is alleged to have conspired with Khan to break into the school and steal a test but were thwarted by a custodian.

Certainly, we can’t have people gaining unauthorized access to computers but come on, 69 felony counts and a possible 38 years in prison, that’s ridiculous! Back in the day, before computers, this kind of stuff was handled “in-house” and not in the media. The kids should be punished, but let the punishment fit the crime.

These kids, have serious talent and I am sure they have a bright future with the FBI or CIA. Perhaps they can even start their own computer forensic hacking business, educating companies on how to keep their computer systems safe from other computer hackers. Or, they can teach computer science classes if they can get a degree from felony friendly colleges. I say, good luck guys, once you pay for your crime, use your skills for a bright future you still have.

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