Former student accused of hacking into UT computer network

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

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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