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Hacker Posing as Student Pays Hefty Price for Transgressions

A hacker who pretended to be a student to gain access to email accounts of hundreds of students at a university in England has been ordered to pay more than $31,000 in costs and compensation, according to BBC News.

Daniel Woo, a 23-year-old Bulgarian, admitted posing as a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London. Authorities said he was caught installing “Cain and Able,” a password-capturing software that allowed him to collect student passwords and to gather traffic passing through the university’s computer network.

Woo has been banned from entering any university, college or place of higher education for a year without getting prior consent from the police. He was also given a 36-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service along with a two year supervision order after he pleaded guilty to the offenses under the Misuse of Computers Act.

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