The hacker who disrupted the University of Western Ontario’s (UWO) student union elections will be criminally charged, the university’s campus police have confirmed to The Gazette.
Alumnus Keith Horwood admitted to hacking the student union elections website and adding references to Justin Bieber’s haircut and Selena Gomez in a video he posted on YouTube earlier this week.
In the video, Horwood offered his “sincerest apologies” to the student candidates participating in the elections and confessed that he felt tempted to hack the website after discovering an obvious “security flaw” in it.
Due to the hacking, the 10,000 votes cast have been tossed out. The election was suspended.
The student union has scheduled a new election from February 29 to March 1 at a cost of $1,000.