Some students of San Dimas High School, California, allegedly hacked the computer system of the school’s network and modified the grades of various students.
Two students at San Dimas High School, California managed to hack their school’s computer system network and altered the scores of different students.
Both the students are 18-years old and one of them has previous experience in hacking. Allegedly, they received up to $500 monetary compensation for improving the scores of various students.
The two suspects were arrested on Thursday and accused of unauthorized computer access and fraud. The detention occurred on the last day of the school.
Reportedly, the grades of around ten students were changed however; it is unclear whether it was for the better in all the cases.
Some students who received mixed educational scores were interviewed by the police. They said that they didn’t even know about this plan and also that they never asked them to do so in the first place, according to KTLA-TV.
As of now, the investigation is in its initial stages and detectives are working in collaboration with the school district to learn about the complete damage caused by the hack. This whole procedure may take weeks or even months, said one of the detectives.
One of the students the grades of whom were changed along with others commented that:
“I’m worried but I’m not, because we weren’t really involved and we didn’t do anything wrong.”
Within a week or so a disciplinary decision will be arriving. The details of this method used by the teens to hack school’s computer network weren’t explained. However, previous record shows that most of the times academic institutions aren’t adequately prepared for such intrusions.
Moreover, sometimes teachers serve as the weak link because they aren’t always aware of the security risk associated when they log into school’s network while students are around.