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Student hacks teacher's login to change grades ... of other students

Posted on 27 May 2018
Student hacks teacher's login to change grades ... of other students
A US high school student is accused of hacking a teacher's account to raise and lower the grades of more than a dozen other students.

The 16-year-old Californian student told a local TV channel "the up ones were all my friends and the down ones were all the enemies I really didn't like."

Despite having lots of time, the student never changed his own grades.

Police said he 'phished' his teachers: he sent an email with a link to what looked like an official school page. The fake website prompted the user to refresh their password.

At least one teacher took the bait.

It allowed the student to access the software teachers use to log grades for their classes.

The hack was only discovered two weeks later after the school's IT guy found the email in a spam folder and investigated.

Police traced the IP address and then raided the student's home last week.

The student has been charged with 14 felonies (a US term meaning a serious crime) and has also been suspended from his high school.

In series of media interviews after his arrest, the student said the phishing hack was "like taking candy from a baby" and "very easy, it was like beginner level."

He then apologised to the teacher that he hacked and to his fellow students.

He said he wished he could be an "IT type person and work at the top-notch level."

Last year, the FBI arrested and charged a university student for stealing passwords with a keylogger and changing grades more than 90 times.

From: abc.net.au Tue 15 May 2018, 6:14pm Updated

Tags: Risk Management

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