A former Stanford University student was sentenced to four months in county jail after she pleaded no contest to hacking her ex-boyfriend's computer, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Erin Nicole Umberg, 29, pleaded no contest on Jan. 25 to felony disrupting computer services, and misdemeanor altering computer data. The district attorney's office said that Umberg "stalked" her ex-boyfriend on the Internet and in person in 2007.
Umberg received her bachelor's degree in human biology and master's in psychology with an emphasis on neuroscience from Stanford. She got into the ex-boyfriend's laptop, obtained his email and password account information and that of his friends. She began changing passwords, made embarrassing webpage postings impersonating the victim and his friends, and she canceled his airline tickets, said Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato after Umberg entered her plea.
At one point, Umberg hacked the medical-residency application of the victim's female friend and added embarrassing emails that affected her selection for the program, he said.
The three victims addressed the court on April 26. Umberg and her father, former state Assemblyman Thomas Umberg of Orange County, also spoke.
Umberg was originally charged with two counts of cyber stalking; three counts of unlawful access of a computer to carry out a scheme or fraud; two counts of unlawful use of personal information; four counts of unauthorized access to a computer; three counts of unlawfully adding, altering or damaging computer information; and one count of disrupting computer services. She faced up to 15 years incarceration and between $50,000 and $100,000 in fines if convicted of all charges.
All of the charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain, except for the counts of felony disrupting computer services and misdemeanor altering computer data to which she pleaded no contest.
Umberg was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and three years supervised probation. She must surrender to serve her sentence on May 25. She is currently out of custody on her own recognizance.