The Associated Press reports that a 25-year-old man has been charged with hacking into the University of Southern California's (USC's) computer system and accessing information about student applicants.
The newswire says that Eric McCarty of San Diego has been charged with "transmitting a code or command to intentionally damage the school's Internet student application system."
He could face up to 10 years in clink if found guilty.
Interestingly, the AP says that McCarty, a computer network administrator, earns money by carrying out penetration testing on computer networks.
In the court papers, prosecutors allege that McCarty hacked into a USC computer system containing records on more than 275,000 applicants at the Uni since 1997, allegedly saving names, passwords and social security numbers for seven applicants on his PC.
He then allegedly reported the computer attack to the Securityfocus.com Web site, using an account moniker of "ihackeduscgmail.com."
The site administrators later told USC officials about the security flaw and apparent breach.
The AP newswire says that, McCarty, who has not taken into custody, is due to appear in a Los Angeles federal court this Friday...