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UC Riverside Student Faces Hacking Charge

A UC Riverside student from Moreno Valley was accused Thursday of hacking into a university computer in April to alter student election results — by casting 800 write-in votes for “American Ninja.” Shawn Nematbakhsh, 21, was charged by the Riverside County district attorney’s office with the felony of accessing computers illegally. If convicted, he faces as many as three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. “His point was not to influence the election, but to allegedly show how easy it is to hack into the UC Riverside computer system. But that’s like a guy burglarizing a home to prove how cheap its locks were,” said Rod Pacheco, Riverside County chief-deputy district attorney. Full Story

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