A former student of the University of Georgia is in jail after being accused of hacking an assistant professor’s account last month to change his grades, among 80 other computer-related charges.
The University of Georgia Police is still working on the computer hacking case and investigators said it remains unclear if others were involved as well. The student charged is identified as 21-year-old Michael Lamon Williams.
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Ryan Gould, who is majoring in Management Information Systems or MIS at UGA’s College of Business, said a teacher from the MIS department discovered the hacking case and that Williams was able to access the teacher’s login credentials.
The police report says the person who had unlawfully gained entry to the UGA ID account of the assistant professor also changed his password. At the time of the incident, Williams was a student and an employee of UGA’s technology services.
A statement from UGA representative Greg Trevor said that based on the original complaint, the suspect abused his privileges as an employee and changed grades to benefit himself.
Trevor added: “The university is conducting a comprehensive review of its practices to make the necessary improvements to prevent this from reoccurring.”
The 80 charges against Williams also include 71 counts of computer forgery and nine counts of computer trespass. UGA said that Williams has since withdrawn from the university.