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News & Notes: Woman arrested for allegedly hacking into U. computer system

Alla Ryklin, a woman from West Windsor, was charged with two counts of computer criminal activity on Wednesday.

Ryklin, 48, allegedly accessed and damaged a University “online learning center” which was designed for use by University employees, Assistant Prosecutor Christine Petrucci said. She allegedly deleted accounts and pages without authorization. According to Petrucci, Ryklin would have accessed the system between December 2012 and June 2013.

Petrucci said she could not provide further details on the nature of the “online learning center” Ryklin allegedly accessed. University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua deferred comment to the Prosecutor’s office.

Ryklin was arrested by the University’s Department of Public Safety. The incident was first disclosed in Thursday’s Daily Crime Log and labelled a “computer offense.”

Petrucci, who works for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, said her office became involved a couple of weeks ago, although she said she believed the University’s DPS investigation had started a few months earlier. She credited DPS for handling most of the investigation.

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