What seemed like a fairly harmless prank back in late November may cost one Georgia Tech student dearly. Ryan Gregory Pickren, a 21-year old Georgia Tech student from Florida, has been indicted for hacking Georgia’s website. On November 28, we wrote about the hack, in which Pickren edited the school’s Saturday calendar to read “Get Ass Kicked by GT” ahead of that weekend’s rivalry football game.
Now, Pickren faces up to 15 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
A Superior Court judge issued a bench warrant for Pickren’s arrest on Dec. 22, and the student surrendered the next day at the Clarke County Jail.
He was released later in the day after posting a $5,000 bond.
According to Pickren’s LinkedIn profile, he is from Oldsmar, Fla., and currently living in Atlanta while attending Georgia Tech. He is majoring in computer engineering with a minor in computer science, according to the profile.
Georgia state law states that a person is guilty of computer trespass when they alter, damage or in any way cause the malfunction of a computer, computer network or computer program regardless of how long it occurs.
Conviction of the felony offense is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
This seems very rough for what looked like a very minor hack, but it proves that you probably shouldn’t mess with Georgians when it comes to football.