USC hacker case pivotal to future web security

Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 10:43 AM EST

Eric McCarty, a 25-year-old San Diego resident, in April was charged with hacking into the University of Southern California's computer system and accessing confidential information submitted by students applying to the school. The case, in which McCarty claims he was simply trying to warn USC of possible security flaws in its Web site, will likely be a watershed event in the area of security research, particularly if McCarty is convicted to the full extent of the law and forced to serve 10 years in a federal prison.

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