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Former UI student sentenced for hacking, changing grades

By United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum, Southern District of Iowa | Aug 24, 2018

A former University of Iowa student has been sentenced to four months in prison after he hacked into the university’s computer network to change grades for himself and five other students.

United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey handed down the sentence to Thursday to Trevor J. Graves, 23. Graves was ordered to serve two years of supervised release, pay $67,900 in restitution, and pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund. Graves pleaded guilty to the crime in April 2018.

Graves admitted he knew from May 2015 to Nov. 15, 2016, the University of Iowa’s Iowa Courses Online (ICON) computer network was a protected computer. During this time period, he knowingly and intentionally placed a key logger on University of Iowa computers and fraudulently obtained professors’ user names and passwords, accessed the ICON computer network, and deleted and changed student grades.

Specifically, Graves accessed the ICON system and, without authorization, changed course grades for himself and five other students. The University of Iowa’s information technology costs associated with their internal investigation, response to the discovery of the network breach, and remedial steps taken to update the University of Iowa information technology security was approximately $67,900.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, and University of Iowa, Information Services Technology division. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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