Investigators traced a computer hacking scheme to two University of Central Missouri students and raided the dorm room where the plot was hatched only to find a Post-It note stuck to a lone computer monitor that read "too late!" with a smiley
face on it."
Poking the feds probably wasn't the smartest move by Joseph A. Camp and Daniel J. Fowler. A federal grand jury indicted the former Central Missouri students for an alleged computer hacking scheme in which they gained unauthorized access to the UCM computer network where they downloaded databases with thousands of faculty, staff, alumni and student information that they later tried to sell.
Federal prosecutors allege that Camp, 26, and Fowler, 21, developed a computer virus to infect UCM computers, including the computer of the university's president. How'd they supposedly spread the virus? By showing off vacation photos on a thumb drive containing the virus. Missouri, you are too polite. No one wants to see vacation photos. Ever.
Camp and Fowler are also accused of spreading the virus through e-mails with a hidden attachment and installing the virus on public computers in the university's computer labs and library. Once installed, Camp and Fowler allegedly could gain remote access to the computer, capture the user's keystrokes and download the user's files. Once they had the info, Camp allegedly tried to sell 90,000 identities to a person in New York for $35,000.
If identities weren't enough, Camp and Fowler are also accused of
crediting their student debit accounts with money that they didn't have
and changing grades during the fall 2009 semester. Why not give yourself an A in computer programming after all of this?
After the plot was discovered in December 2009, Camp and Fowler allegedly used Facebook to issue threats and harass potential witnesses.
Camp and Fowler are charged with computer intrusion causing
damage, computer intrusion to further a fraud scheme, computer
intrusion to obtain information, intercepting electronic communication,
and two counts of aggravated identity theft.