Teenager arrested in Eugene school computer breach released

Back in June, the Eugene School District 4J in Oregon reported a breach.  A teenager who allegedly obtained an employee’s login credentials was subsequently charged. An affidavit submitted to obtain a search warrant of the student’s computer indicated that the teen had admitted to using a brute force program.

Apparently, the teen has detained since then. Karen McGowan reports:

An expelled North Eugene High School student was released to the custody of his parents on Friday, more than six weeks after his arrest for allegedly hacking into the Eugene School District’s computer system and then taunting officials by posting hundreds of students’ confidential information on an un­witting middle school student’s district computer account.

Lane County Circuit Judge Cynthia Carlson released the 16-year-old to “house arrest” after his attorney entered not guilty pleas on the boy’s behalf to two counts of computer crime.

One of the counts is being prosecuted as a felony and the other as a mis­demeanor, according to Lane County Deputy District Attorney Lisa Christon. She declined to elaborate. Under Oregon law, unauthorized access of a computer system is a misdemeanor, while using a computer to steal proprietary information is a felony.

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