Exam hacker pleads guilty

18/09/2012

A Liverpool John Moores student who hacked the email accounts of academics in an attempt to access exam questions has pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

Pharmacy student Charantoor Singh, 22, from Manchester, set up a bogus website which he used to get lecturers' and students' log in details.

He then sent emails from email accounts to their colleagues asking them to forward on exam papers.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he set up the fraud because he feared he was going to fail his final year exams, but ironically he was seen as a 'promising student' who was expected to get a first or 2:1.

Crown Advocate Paul Blasberry, from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, told the court that the events took place in April, but when one lecturer became suspicious the police were informed.

Singh was arrested and pleaded guilty to seeking unauthorised access to a computer program with the intention to commit fraud by false representation.

Mr Blasberry added that even though Singh failed to find what he was looking for seven exam papers had to be rewritten just in case.

Singh was sentenced to a four month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered him to do 150 hours unpaid work.

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