A cheating 25-year-old student has been jailed after hacking into computers at the University of Birmingham to give himself a better degree.
Imran Uddin used four key-logging devices on university computers to capture login details from staff members, including one who had access to the system which kept records of his grades.
He then altered his grades to what would have been a first class degree after being on course for a lower second class (2.2).
The antics of the biochemistry student who was jailed for four months, were discovered when staff found one of the small rectangular devices inside a computer.
Following the launch of an internal investigation, three further ‘shadowing’ keyboard devices, including one attached to a machine in a secure area of the campus only accessible to staff were discovered.
The device recorded the keystrokes staff members entered and transmitted them back to Uddin, who could then work out their log-in credentials.
When his home was searched, police found he had searched eBay on his computer for keyboard cheating devices and had also made attempts to access the university’s marking system.
Detective Constable Mark Bird, from the Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The audacity of Uddin to install not just one but four of these devices showed how determined he was to cheat his way to a better degree. His false qualification could have seen him go on to research medical treatments.
“The seriousness of his crimes were reflected in the four-month prison sentence he was handed at court.”
Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (23) Uddin, of Chesterton Road in Balsall Heath, pleaded guilty to six offences under Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Computer Misuse Act.