Student Charged With Hacking and Information Theft

Friday, 7 February 2003, 2:20 PM EST

A Boston College student was indicted on charges he penetrated the campus computers, gathered personal information on more than 4,000 people, and stole about $2,000 in goods and services.

Douglas Boudreau, 21, of Warwick, R.I., was indicted on various charges including six counts of interception of wire communications, eight counts of unauthorized access to a computer system, two counts of larceny over $250 and identity fraud, and one count of distributing counterfeit movies and television shows.

Boudreau, a computer science major, installed secret keystroke monitoring software on more than 100 public computers on campus, prosecutors said.

The senior allegedly used the software to collect personal information on about 4,800 people, including computer passwords and confidential codes to campus buildings along with credit card and social security numbers.

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