Two students face federal jail time because they are trying to hack President Trump's tax return, as reported by CyberScoop. Andrew Harris (24) and Justin Hiemstra (22) tried to import the president's financial data through a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both men have been found guilty of two crime reports for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and are behind bars for two years.
In 2016, when Trump was in office, he refused to release his tax return, as most presidential candidates do. The tax returns have become a much sought after item for liberal activists in the following years, and the subject of intense reporting The New York Times and other publications.
Around the same time, Harris, a student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, realized that he might be able to access the returns by completing a fake FAFSA application for the candidate. The FAFSA application uses tax information to calculate student loans – it also allows people to import files directly from the IRS, as long as they have a social security number and other personally identifiable information. Harris knew the Trump social security number because it had already leaked.
Harris then went to Hiemstra and together they devised a plan to get Trump's tax return and leak it to the media. On November 2, 2016, they went to the computer lab on campus and tried to create a FAFSA account for a Trump family member. When they realized that an account already existed, they reset the password by answering security questions (reader, they googled it). They then tried to use the Trump social security number to import its federal taxes. They were not successful.
"This was not Russian hacking, these were two knuckles at the university," said Harris & # 39; lawyer William J. Brennan The edge. "(Harris) does not want any bad will towards the president and his family, and he is sorry for any inconvenience caused by the Trump family." When asked if he agreed with the classification that Harris was the "brain" behind this operation, Brennan laughed. "That's something like the biggest dwarf in the circus."
Harris's conviction date is scheduled for December 16. His lawyers are planning to request a milder sentence, because this is his first offense.