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Carleton hacker charged

Carleton student charged for allegedly hacking passwords, personal data

A 20-year-old Carleton University student was arrested and charged Thursday for allegedly hacking student passwords and personal data.

Ottawa police allege Mansour Moufid used software that covertly records a user’s keystrokes and another program that reads information from magnetic stripe cards.

With that software he allegedly revealed the passwords of 32 students, and retrieved data from student cards used to buy food and other items and to access campus residences.

Moufid is allegedly sent a 16-page document to university staff explaining what he did and how the school should upgrade its security, and then forwarded it to 37 other students days later.

Moufid is charged with mischief to data and unauthorized use of a computer.

He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 15.

– The Canadian Press

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