Originally created 02/12/99

Clemson student charged in computer hacking



CLEMSON, S.C. -- A Clemson University student has been charged with allegedly helping another teen-ager hack into the school's computer system, causing several thousand dollars in damage.

Steven Ray McAlister, 18, of Pelzer was arrested Monday by university police and charged with conspiracy to commit a computer crime, the arrest warrant said. He was released on a $373 bond pending a Feb. 24 Municipal Court hearing.

McAlister, a freshman majoring in computer science, allegedly gave a 15-year-old Virginia boy a password to enter the system. The school's computer science department reported about $6,300 worth of damage, Police Chief Lonnie Saxon said.

The Virginia boy's name was not released.

The FBI and State Law Enforcement Division helped with the investigation.