Former UGA stu­dent iden­ti­fied as com­puter hacker

The Covington News - - THE CLASSIFIED SEARCH -

ATHENS (AP) — Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia po­lice said they’ve iden­ti­fied the per­son re­spon­si­ble for hack­ing into the school’s com­puter sys­tem that con­tained records of cur­rent and former em­ploy­ees.

Charles Sta­pler Stell, who at­tended the school be­tween the sum­mer of 2005 and spring of 2007 was iden­ti­fied as the sus­pected hacker. Au­thor­i­ties said he was found dead dur­ing the course of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Athens-Clarke County po­lice said foul play is not sus­pected in the death of the 26-year-old man, and a fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion will be made af­ter an au­topsy is per­formed.

Au­thor­i­ties said files con­tain­ing em­ployee’s per­sonal in­for­ma­tion were likely never used for crim­i­nal pur­poses. max­i­mum pos­si­ble sun­light.

“It’s really cool,” said Mary Miller, 7, as she looked on with her class­mates in teacher Aleshia Laugh­ner’s class.

A gi­ant crane picked up the 32-panel so­lar ar­rays one by one, plac­ing each one on a tall, stout metal pipe, then hold­ing it in place while Sun So­lar owner Josef Kull­man con­nected wires and bolted the ar­ray in place as the three-ton struc­tures dan­gled over his head.

“I haven’t seen a so­lar panel be­ing built. I think it’s cool that I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it,” said Adam Bar­ber, 7.

Jack In­galls, 8, planned to draw some pic­tures for his par­ents when he got home so they could know what it looked like.

Athens Montes­sori di­rec­tor War­ren McPher­son thinks the so­lar ar­rays are cool, too. In the first place, they fit in with the 290-stu­dent school’s strong en­vi­ron­men­tal em­pha­sis.

The school has won numer­ous awards for sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts, in­clud­ing re­cy­cling pro­grams that be­gan years ago.

The school won the coun­ty­wide school re­cy­cling award again this year, col­lect­ing 6.8 pounds per stu­dent in one month, said Tita Ga­trell, who teaches move­ment classes at the school and is a mem­ber of the school’s board.

School com­mu­nity gar­dens have be­come pop­u­lar in the past few years, but Montes­sori stu­dents have been gar­den­ers since the school first opened its doors with just 20 stu­dents 35 years ago, McPher­son said.

The Montes­sori board turned to lo­cal com­pa­nies for the project, McPher­son said. Kull­man’s Sun So­lar World Com­pany is based in Madi­son, the so­lar cells that con­vert sun­light into elec­tric­ity were made by a com­pany called Su­niva, which has a fac­tory in Nor­cross. Even the Phoenix Crane that hoisted the ar­rays into place is lo­cal, McPher­son said.

The project might ac­tu­ally pay for it­self in as lit­tle as six years, McPher­son said.

The ar­ray costs about $180,000, but the Montes­sori’s elec­tric bill will fall dra­mat­i­cally. The school will even be able to sell some of the power the ar­rays gen­er­ate back to util­ity com­pa­nies on days when the school’s elec­tric de­mand is low.

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