We all thought it was pretty cool when Matthew Broderick changed his high school grades in War Games, right? Harmless prank after all and even if he got caught, the worst he'd have to suffer is a few nights of detention - certainly not jail time.
Well, a 19-year-old college student & computer science major, Christopher Fowler was accused of stealing his professor's identity to change his grades and was put behind bars according to FOX 5 Atlanta
Even more interesting than changing grades & the identity theft, was that investigators said the student also hacked into a VoIP phone system to listen to telephone conversations. The article says Fowler could get five years for an unlawful eavesdropping charge. I'd be interested to know which VoIP phone system he hacked into and if it's a major vulnerability.
"Hacked in their Voice over Internet Protocol system where it uses internet to make telephone phone calls and intercepted telephone conversations," said John Bankhead of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Fowler could get five years for an unlawful eavesdropping charge. Fowler was charged with one count of unlawful surveillance or eavesdropping and one count of computer trespass and may be charged with identity theft as well.
So the next time you want to impress your girlfriend on how to hack into VoIP phone systems, eavesdrop on VoIP calls or change your grades, think twice! And remember, only the government is allowed to wiretap your VoIP/Skype calls
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