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TechnologyCollege student tried to hack into Trump’s taxes by creating a fake FAFSA application

00:50  12 september  2019
00:50  12 september  2019 Source:   theverge.com

22-year-old pleads guilty to trying to obtain Trump's taxes from student loan website

22-year-old pleads guilty to trying to obtain Trump's taxes from student loan website A former Haverford College student tried using the student loan site to get the president's returns.

On Tuesday, a Harverford College graduate pleaded guilty to trying to access the president' s tax returns with a fake FASFA application . He then used Trump ' s social security number and date of birth to try to import Trump ' s tax information into the FAFSA application .

Hiemstra and Harris allegedly created a false FAFSA account under the name of a Trump family member, and tried to access Trump ’ s account by answering security They then used a Social security number previously disclosed for Trump to attempt to get his tax records, prosecutors said.

Two college students are facing federal prison time for attempting to hack into President Trump’s tax returns, as reported by CyberScoop. Andrew Harris, 24, and Justin Hiemstra, 22, tried to import the president’s financial records through a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both men have pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor accounts for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and face up to two years behind bars.

College student tried to hack into Trump’s taxes by creating a fake FAFSA application© Photo by Michele Doying / The Verge

In 2016, when Trump was running for office, he refused to release his tax returns as most presidential candidates do. The tax returns have become a much-sought item for liberal activists in the subsequent years, and the subject of intense reporting by The New York Times and other publications.

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Harris accessed a Free Application for Student Aid ( FAFSA ) website from a school computer, together with student Justin Hiemstra, and realized applications would redirect to the IRS and automatically import tax returns. Granted this information, Harris wondered what would happen if they

Two college students tried to get Trump ' s tax returns. They could now wind up in prison. The students managed to reset a password, and, using Trump ' s Social Security number and date of birth, repeatedly tried to import Trump ' s federal tax information into the application , according to court

“this was two knuckleheads in college”

Around this same time, Harris, then a student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, realized he might be able to access the returns by filling out a fake FAFSA application for the candidate. The FAFSA application uses tax information to calculate student loans — it also allows people to import filings directly from the IRS so long as they have a social security number and other personally identifying information. Harris knew Trump’s social security number, as it had already leaked.

Harris then went to Hiemstra and together they hatched a plan to get Trump’s tax returns and leak them to the media. On November 2nd, 2016, they went to the computer lab on campus and tried to create a FAFSA account for a Trump family member. When they realized an account already existed, they reset the password by answering security questions (reader, they Googled it). Then, they tried to use Trump’s social security number to import his federal taxes. They were not successful.

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Andrew Harris, a student who attended Haverford College , admitted in court last week that he used a school computer and the Free Application for Student Aid website to try to access Donald Trump ’ s financial records. By opening a FAFSA account in the name of a Trump family member and using

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA ®) form to apply for financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) to pay for college or career school. Creating Your Budget. Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA ®) Form.

“This wasn’t Russian hacking, this was two knuckleheads in college,” Harris’ lawyer William J. Brennan told The Verge. “[Harris] wishes no ill will towards the president and his family and he’s sorry for any inconveniences he’s caused the Trump family.” When asked whether he agrees with the classification that Harris was the “mastermind” behind this operation, Brennan laughed. “That’s like being the tallest midget in the circus.”

Harris’ sentencing date is scheduled for December 16th. His lawyers plan to ask for a more lenient sentence as this is his first offense.

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