An electrical engineering student in the Technion Institute of Technology has been expelled from the university after hacking his professors’ emails and stealing information, including at least one exam.
The incident happened a few months ago, but this week the university decided to file a complaint against the student with the police. Police have stated that an investigation into the matter has been opened.
In a statement sent to his fellow students in his faculty, his actions were described thus: “implanting files for the purpose of transferring email from accounts of several professors. Using illegally gained information to improve grades in several classes. Violating acceptable use policy for using a university-owned computer.”
The statement was sent by Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs Prof. M. Orenstein, but it is not clear who are the professors whose emails were hacked.
“Cheating in tests and exams hurt honest students first of all, and so to better safeguard these students we notify all students in the faculty of verdicts given to those who were caught in their wrongdoing,” Orenstein added. “These event are being made public is a way to inform you that this subject is important to us as is handled thoroughly, and so the name of the student is usually redacted.”
A spokesman for the Technion has responded: “We are taking this case very seriously, as it is very unusual. The student, who acted in a manner that is most reprehensible, was punished severely by the disciplinary committee and was immediately and indefinitely expelled from the institution.
“A complaint was also filed against him with the police for the suspicion of cyber crimes. The Technion has leaned the relevant lessons and taken the necessary steps to prevent similar cases from recurring.”