High School Hacker Pleads Guilty to Spyware Hijinks

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If nothing else, Omar Khan deserves an A for ingenuity, even though he’d probably flunk any morals class he attended. The 21-year old-Californian has pleaded guilty to breaking into his high school during his senior year to install spyware on several computers, allowing him to steal tests and change his (and others’) grades from Cs and Ds to As and Bs in order to appeal rejection letters from universities.

The break-ins occurred in April and May 2008, but Khan’s guilty plea only came this week just ahead of his scheduled trial. He’s expected to face 30 days in jail, a fine of around $15,000 and 500 hours of community service in terms of sentencing; A friend who accompanied him on a later break-in but pleaded guilty back in September 2008, Tanvir Singh, has already completed his sentence of 200 hours of community service.

Somewhere, the ghost of John Hughes is convinced he could’ve made all of this into a killer movie.

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