CARTERSVILLE –  GBI agents and Cartersville Police arrested a 19-year-old college student today for hacking into the Georgia Highlands College computer system. Christopher Fowler of Cartersville has been charged with one count of Computer Trespass (GA Code 16-9-93) and one count of Unlawful Eavesdropping (GA Code 16-11-62). Additional charges, some related to Identity Theft, are pending.

The GBI was requested by Kennesaw State University Police Department yesterday to investigate suspicions that Fowler had stolen the identity of a math professor at Georgia Highlands College to gain illegal entry into the college’s computer system.

A search warrant was executed at the home of Fowler in Cartersville late this afternoon. Agents seized several computers which will be analyzed later by the GBI’s High Technology Unit for additional evidence in this investigation.

It alleged that Fowler illegally entered the college’s computer system to change his grades and to place keystroke logging programs into the system to intercept other users’ passwords.  It is also alleged that he hacked into the school’s VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) System and intercepted telephone conversations.

Fowler has been taken to the Bartow County Jail. The FBI is assisting in this continuing investigation.

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