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“There was no maliciousness, nothing was disseminated,” said Lalande. “It was an effort of some curiosity, a classroom activity on your part, and that project ended there.”
The case was almost not resolved as it came out in court that Brydges thought he had permission to test Laurentian’s computer system following the lecture, but had pleaded guilty to the mischief charge just the same.
“I don’t mean to sound difficult, Mr. Brydges,” said Lalande. “I just have to be satisfied the elements of the offence have been met.”
Assistant Crown attorney Kenrick Abbott also told the court that “it is the Crown’s position a professor giving a general lecture can’t be seen as giving permission (to try and hack a computer system).”
Brydges “is in agreement with what the Crown said,” said defence lawyer Roberta Bald.
She said the plea agreement came about after discussions with the local Crown’s office and that had the case gone to trial, there would have been legal issues, including how Brydges was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police.
“Mr. Brydges is remorseful,” she told the court. “He will, I believe, never do that again. He is very good at finding inadequacies in computer systems. But now, he will, after doing this (ethics) course and going through this ordeal, he knows exactly what he must do to do his job.”
Bald said the bottom line is that Brydges had no malicious intent in hacking the Laurentian University computer system.
“He only wanted to show that the computer system was vulnerable to those who wanted to hack into it for personal gain,” she said.