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Aspiring medical student sentenced to three months in prison in MCAT hacking case
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Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:34:59 +0000 (UTC)


By Matt Zapotosky
The Washington Post
December 13, 2013

Unhappy with his middling scores on the standardized test for aspiring medical students, Bosung Shim tried to hack into the Association of American Medical Colleges computer system and change them. When that didn’t work, he hired other hackers to help.

The 24-year-old Rockville man -- the son of two doctors from South Korea - "felt that he really needed to go to medical school," his attorney said in court Friday. But his desperate — though not wholly unsuccessful - attempts instead landed him in prison.

A federal judge in Alexandria sentenced Shim on Friday to three months of incarceration, followed by seven months in which he will have to report to a sort-of halfway house each night. The sentence was short of the 10-month prison term prosecutors had sought, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said he hoped it would serve as a “beacon” to others who might be tempted to hack their way to academic success.

"This is a not insignificant sentence," Ellis said, adding that Shim’s freedom would be "significantly curtailed."


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