Former student accused of hacking into UT computer network

The Main Building on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)
The Main Building on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Someone tried to hack into the University of Texas’ computer network on Thursday, but when the UT Security Control Office traced down the alleged hacker, he ended up being a former UT student.

According to a statement released by university officials, security officers at the UT Security Control Office detected a security breach at 8:47 p.m. and promptly stopped it. They were able to develop a potential suspect as a former student and pinpoint his location, and when they arrived at the possible location they found a man leaving the building that matched the description of the suspect.

Authorities stopped the man and asked him for his identification. According to university officials, the man gave them a fake name and date of birth but authorities were able to identify him as the former student the security control office had singled out as a suspect.

The university did not release any further information about the incident or whether the person would face charges.

 

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