Former UNL Student Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Computer Fraud

      An Omaha man has been given six months in prison for computer fraud after breaking into a university database containing student, alumni and employee information.

      U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 23-year-old Daniel Stratman will be allowed to serve his sentence on work release. Stratman was also ordered to pay more than $107,700 in restitution and serve a 3-year term of supervised release.

      A security breach of the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College System database was discovered in May of 2012. An investigation led authorities to Stratman, who was a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the time of the breach.

      Prosecutors say a search warrant of his residence and forensic examination of his computers verified that he had damaged the integrity of the protected computer systems and records maintained by the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College Systems.