EUGENE, Ore. -- A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a 16-year-old North Eugene High School student who pleaded guilty of hacking into his school district's computer system and then posting the confidential information of hundreds of students on a webpage.
The information contained student Social Security numbers, alarming parents about potential identify theft. Police said no students saw the confidential information.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the student pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony computer crime for the June hacking event.
A second computer crime count against the student was dismissed under a plea deal, which requires the student to show school officials and Eugene police "what he did and how he did it."
Soon after posting the data on June 9, the boy sent taunting messages to Eugene schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman, to the district's then-technology director and to its network security specialist, directing them to the webpage of an unsuspecting student.
When the judge asked the youth if he had anything to say Thursday, he publicly apologized “to everyone I’ve inconvenienced, especially the families. I know that a lot of them had to go to the trouble to get credit information” to ensure that identity thieves hadn’t used the information to create bogus credit accounts.
The student, now in a home study program, intends to attend Oregon State University, according to the Register-Guard report.