Complex – A ex-Purdue University student will serve the first 90 days of his four-year prison sentence behind bars after being sentenced last week for hacking into his professor’s computers and changing his grades. Roy Sun, 25, scored a $70,000 per year job fresh out of undergrad, but returned to Massachusetts to pursue a master’s degree. That was working out for him until it was revealed that he had schemed his way through Purdue, beginning in 2008 when he altered his first grade using a keystroke recorder: Sun first hacked into a professor’s computer account and changed his grade in 2008. He said he volunteered to be the guinea pig to see if he and fellow Purdue student Mitsutoashi Shirasaki would get caught. They didn’t, which emboldened Sun. “When I came back in 2009, I felt really arrogant,” he said during the sentencing hearing. “I thought I was untouchable. “It became so much easier to change my grades than going to class and working real hard.” So with the exception of one course, Sun quit attending classes his senior year and still received straight A’s. Eventually, Sun and Mitsutoashi Shirasaki grew cocky, hacking into professor’s computers roughly 10 minutes before they submitted final grades to change them. They even changed the grade of a friend, Sujay Sharma’s grade, without him even knowing. Both Sun and Sharma pleaded guilty on Dec. 30, with Sun facing more severe charges including computer tampering and conspiracy to commit computer tampering for admitting to being the mastermind. Sharma was given 18 months of probation for serving as a lookout for Sun and Shirasaki, as well as pleading guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering. Shirasaki fled to his native Japan at Sun’s urging. Sun’s life was in shambles prior to his sentencing. In addition to being stripped of his bachelor’s degree, he was expelled from Boston University and had been somehow subsisting as a part-time busboy who made roughly $1,500 last year.
What a tragic fall from grace. Haven’t seen one like it since Tony Montana got high on his own supply. And that’s pretty much what happened here. The nerd Tony Montana. I bet Asian dorm room will have posters of Roy Sun hanging up above their beds. Got too big for his britches. So cocky. Started with one grade and he loved the high. Needed the rush. Loved feeling that high. So then became a full on grade changing, computer hacking maniac. Probably woke up in cold sweats at 3am needing to change a grade. And then his grades weren’t even enough, he changed some chick’s grade too, just to flex his muscles. What a guy. A modern day Romeo. Hey babe, I just got you an A+, put on your best Pokemon outfit and eat pho with me. (I assume that’s the equivalent of third base?)
But jail for this? Are you kidding? The old mantra “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying” should hold up in court. He went to school for computer shit, and he used what he learned to perfection. It’s like when Zuckerberg hacked everything to make Facemash. He shouldn’t get punished, he should get an award for showing how shitty the computer security is. Would not shock me in the least if Zuck offered this guy a huge deal to come work at Facebook as soon as his jail sentence is over. Can’t let him keep washing dishes at Olive Garden. Wouldn’t be the Zuck I know.