Former USC student pleads guilty of federal hacking charges

July 12, 2013 

— Max Raymond Dufour, 21, of Aiken has admitted in federal court in Columbia that between August 2010 and October 2011, he hacked into websites and stole more than 200 user names and passwords and made purchases with the financial and personal data he gathered.

His scheme was uncovered when he tried to hack into University of South Carolina computers to change his semester grades and was caught, said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles in announcing the former student’s plea Friday.

Dufour, a 2010 graduate of South Aiken High School, was arrested on October 10, 2011, and charged with simple larceny of less than $2,000.

He could face 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie said she would impose sentence at a later date.

Rachael Myers Lowe

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