Student Charged With Hacking, Information Theft

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A Boston College student was indicted Thursday on charges he hacked into campus computers, gathered personal information on more than 4,000 people, and stole about $2,000 in goods and services.

Douglas Boudreau, 21, of Warwick, R.I., was indicted on various charges including six counts of interception of wire communications, eight counts of unauthorized access to a computer system, two counts of larceny over $250 and identity fraud, and one count of distributing counterfeit movies and television shows.

Boudreau, a computer science major, installed secret keystroke monitoring software on more than 100 public computers on campus, prosecutors said.

The senior allegedly used the software to collect personal information on about 4,800 people, including computer passwords and confidential codes to campus buildings along with credit card and social security numbers.

He also allegedly used some of the stolen information to recode his student ID card that also serves as a campus debit card and access card to campus buildings.

Boudreau used the recoded card to make about $2,000 worth of purchases on other students' accounts, prosecutors said.

Boudreau has been suspended from Boston College, prosecutors said.

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