Students settle debit-card cheating suit

Wednesday, 16 July 2003, 7:57 AM EST

Two computer hackers admitted in a settlement Monday that they never completed a device that could cheat university campus debit card systems out of food, laundry machine use or sports tickets.

Blackboard, the maker of a vending system used by 223 colleges nationwide, agreed to drop its lawsuit against Georgia Tech student Billy Hoffman and University of Alabama student Virgil Griffith.

The settlement requires the students to apologize to Blackboard and its clients, promise that they never built a transaction processing system and serve 40 hours community service. The device could purportedly manipulate the amount of money on a debit card used in the system.

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