It seemed like a good idea at the time. Bosung Shim was desperate to get into medical school,
so he hacked into the University of Michigan’s computer system to change his grades. He was sentenced to three months in prison. Then there was the Purdue grad student who hacked into the system to give himself A’s (18 months). A student group calling itself Team Ghostshell hacked into hundreds of university servers, including those at Princeton, University of Michigan, and Harvard (never caught).
On the other end of the spectrum are the large-scale breaches that seem to have masterminded by pro hackers. Indiana University suffered a breach recently that may have compromised the information of 146,000 people. A network security breach at the University of Maryland affected 309,079 individuals.