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Teen hacker goes too far

He tried to be selfish but couldn't
Wed May 25 2005, 08:46
A TEEN who tried to bump up his grades to an A by hacking into his school's computer system, accidentally revealed his cunning plan to officials.

It seemed like a good idea; break into the school's network and change your grade to an A. However, due to a feature in the school's record keeping software, he actually managed to turn everyone else's grade into an A.

Then it turned out that by a strange quirk in the districts record keeping software that he managed to also make every kid in the District a certified genius.

Staff at the Natomas Unified School District smelt a rat when they found that they were suddenly teaching 18,697 top scholars, instead of the usual bunch of no-hopers.

Natomas staff are a bit clued up on hacking at the moment, because there have been four separate incidents of hacking into school computers in the Sacramento area.

Seven students have been charged or are under investigation by school or law enforcement officials.

Collaring the teen and the bloke who he advised, apparently, was not difficult.

He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanour charges in Sacramento Juvenile Court. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and six months' informal probation.

More can be found in the Monterey Herald, here. µ


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