Felony charges for Tech student who hacked UGA computers

A Georgia Tech student who allegedly hacked UGA computers to alter the school’s master calendar on the eve of the Yellow Jackets’ game against Georgia was indicted and jailed on felony charges of computer trespassing last week, the Athens Banner-Herald reported on Tuesday.

Police say Ryan Gregory Pickren, 21, of Oldsmar, Fla., illegally accessed UGA’s computer system on Nov. 27, two days the Tech and Georgia met in football. According to Pickren’s LinkedIn profile, he is currently a Georgia Tech student living in Atlanta and majoring in computer engineering with a minor in computer science.

Below the calendar entry for the Nov. 29 game, someone entered “Get Ass Kicked by GT.” The entry was made on Thanksgiving Day and was posted only about one hour, the newspaper reported. Georgia Tech beat the Bulldogs 30-24 in overtime that Saturday.

An investigation was launched by the UGA Police Department. Rather than arrest Pickren, evidence was submitted to a grand jury. Pickren was indicted on Dec. 16, a bench warrant was issued on Dec. 22 and Pickren surrendered the next day at the Athens-Clarke County Jail. He was released later that day on a $5,000 bond.

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