Utah Student Gets 4 Months for Hacking Grades

A University of Utah student who admitted hacking into a university computer system to change his grades was sentenced to four months in jail or a halfway house.

You Li, 22, admitted Thursday that he changed his grades in December 2004. His official record, however, remained the same because he had accessed a backup file. Li said he used a software program to decrypt the password on the math department's computer system and then found a professor's password.

"I've made up my mind to have an honest life from now on," Li told U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell.

Federal prosecutors had asked for a year in prison, but Campbell said Li was remorseful and his crime was an aberration.


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