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Student charged with UT computer breach

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A UT student responsible for shutting down the school's computer system for class registration is in police custody.

In April, Police say 19-year-old Garret Ross Phillips hacked into UT's computer system during a key registration period and shutdown the registration website.

Thousands of students were unable to sign up for classes.

A chief information security officer who monitors the computer system spotted the breach and reported it to police.

Investigators were able to link the IP address with Phillips' computer.

"That's what we wanted to get across to the public. Although it might be easy to do and anyone who's a little computer savvy can cause a bunch of damage but they can also get themselves in a lot of trouble. So whether they plan on it being a prank or what have you it's nothing to joke about," said UTPD Sgt. Charles Bonnet.

Phillips has been charged with breach of computer security. He faces a maximum sentence of 180 days in prison.

Police say Phillips did not compromise or obtain any confidential information, however, he did create a major inconvenience for students trying to get into classes they needed this semester.

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