A former student of California State University San Marcos admitted to stealing the identities and passwords of more than 700 fellow students so he could rig campus elections and has been sentenced to a year in federal prison, according to a local news report.
Matthew Weaver, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud, access device fraud and unauthorized use of a computer. Court documents provide evidence that Weaver used a small electronic device that records a computer user’s keystrokes to steal nearly 745 student passwords.
In March 2012, Weaver was one of two Cal State San Marcos students running for student body president. He admitted to casting about 480 votes for himself and friends, who were also on the ballot, vying for other offices.
Even after his arrest, Weaver continued making poor decisions, trying to cover up his crime by again hacking different online accounts and making it seem like others were to blame.
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