Police arrest students for alleged computer tampering

by Karly Sacco



Photo taken by: Sara Haque

Photo taken by: Sara Haque

Two Benedictine students were arrested for allegedly tampering with computers in the Birck Hall building of the University on July 11th according to Michael Salatino, Chief of Police.


Students, Hossein Rabiei-Samani and Rizwan Mulla allegedly gained access to the university servers that are used to store test and quizzes before the hours of 4:00 p.m. and after 9:00 p.m., according to Chief Salatino.


Both students were arrested on warrants on July 11th, only taking a day or so for the judge and jury to review the case and the bond was set, according to Salatino.


“There has been an ongoing investigation and we have been trying to determine if there had been any unlawful access to any university computer programs,” said Salatino.


Multiple investigators in the technology, academic and criminal departments are working together on this case.


“A parallel investigation involving the administration of Benedictine identified the two students on July 14th and were then arrested and criminally charged with the state violation of tampering with a computer,” said Salatino.


Rabie-Samani was taken to DuPage County Jail for an estimation of 24 hours, and later bonded out of his 15 thousand dollar bond, according to Salatino.


Mulla was able to bond out of his 10 thousand dollar bond, according to Salatino.


“There are no pending arrests right now because our investigation is not concluded although those who have been involved or have benefited from this are still undergoing investigation,” said Salatino, “the university takes these matters very seriously, especially when it is dealing with someone from our own community that is tampering with computers.”


Administrative action was taken against the students for this case according to Salatino.


“The internal piece is that there is still an ongoing investigation,” expressed David Sonnenberger, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


The incident has changed the way the Benedictine will handle these types of situations in the future.


“The University takes these things extraordinarily seriously and when Benedictine reaches a point when a decision can be made, a decision will be made,” said Sonnenberger.


Salatino and Sonnenberger are both playing a role in the investigation of this case.


“This is not like public television, Salatino added, these investigations take longer than a lot of people would think.”


Although the students committed this act on school grounds, other persons in authority have been working on this case as well.


“This investigation involves outside entities which have no connection with our university what so ever, but they are still involved,” said Salatino.


There are no specific plans that have been released in order to prevent this from occurring in the future.


“We are trying to stay ahead, and the steps being taken are to safe guard the situation and should prevent what happened in this case from happening again,” said Sonnenberger.


According to Sonnenberger, this incident is going to make a change in how the university does business.


“I am not at all comfortable with anyone in the community violating the policies,” said Sonnenberger.


The state attorneys office, according to Salatino, is establishing future court dates for the two students.