Terminal Overachiever Tries to Hack Student Election, Gets a Year of Jail Time

Solid leadership skills, kid.

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A disgraced Cal State San Marcos student has been sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to hack his way to the position of student body president.

We’re not talking a little simple War Games-style numbers-fudging, either.

 The L.A. Times reports that the 22-year-old man stole usernames and passwords of 745 fellow students, then used those credentials to cast more than 600 votes for himself and friends. Earlier this year, he pled guilty to wire fraud, identify theft and “unauthorized access of a computer.”

Sounds like he was kind of a dick about it when he got caught, too. According to the L.A. Times: 

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that Matthew Weaver showed “phenomenal misjudgment” by stealing the identities and passwords and then, when caught, trying to blame other students.

“He’s on fire for this crime and then he pours gasoline on it” by blaming others, Burns said.

Well, the good news is when he gets out he can probably still run for political office in New York City.

Terminal Overachiever Tries to Hack Student Election, Gets a Year of Jail Time