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Attempt to hire hackers costs press aide his job

By Paul McNamara on Fri, 12/22/06 - 2:22pm.

The 28-year-old congressional press aide who yesterday admitted to Network World that he tried to hire hackers to boost college GPA has been fired by his boss, U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont.

According to the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune:

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg’s communications director, Todd Shriber, was fired Thursday after verifying the accuracy of online reports that he tried to hire hackers to change his grade point average in the records of his alma mater, Texas Christian University, according to Rehberg chief of staff Erik Iverson.

“Todd’s a good person who made a real big mistake and he’s going to have to pay the price,” Iverson said.

Iverson said he told Rehberg immediately, and that Rehberg agreed Shriber should be fired.

The story has attracted widespread media attention today both in the realms of technology and politics.

(Update: Ouch, the guy now has his own page on Wikipedia.)