The University of Central Florida located in Orlando was recently hacked by one of their own students. The alleged purpose of this hacking attempt was to change one of the student’s failing grades to a passing one. And so, this 22-year-old engineering student that did what he believed is the easiest option is now facing some legal problems.
The student’s name is Sami Adel Ammar, and he’s charged with accessing his professor’s computer despite the fact that he knew that such actions are illegal. He did it to change his grade from an ‘F’ to a ‘B’ but was caught. The proof of this is a surveillance video that shows two students that are walking through the hallway in the campus’ Math and Science building. Now, this might not have been suspicious, if they didn’t walk down this hallway after midnight. The incident was recorded just after the midnight has passed on May 5th.
Meanwhile, the professor to whom the computer belonged to, Chung Young Chan, has received an auto email. The email contained a message in which the system was thanking him for updating the grades. However, the professor has already finished the grading earlier that day, with the last of the thank-you emails already being received.
Upon receiving this email, the professor decided to check the grades, and it was then that he noticed the drastic change in Ammar’s grade. He then remembered that Ammar had only one assignment finished in the entire semester, and even that one wasn’t for a grade. The professor then attempted to reverse the grade back to the original one, but an error message appeared.
After that, he reported what happened to the campus police, who started the investigation and soon discovered the IP address of the computer that Ammar used to change his grade. The computer itself was discovered to be in the room 306 of the Mathematical Sciences Building staff. And sure enough, upon checking the footage from the building’s security cameras, Ammar and Samuel Williams, another student, were seen entering the said room.
Ammar was questioned last week, and after the warrant for his arrest was issued on May 23, he turned him in, and was sent to the Orange County Jail. He was then released after $1,000 was paid a couple of hours later. His father has refused to comment, and as far as we know, the second student, Samuel Williams, won’t be charged for the trespassing.