Teen arrested after hacking grading system to change grades

Teen changes grades for friends and himself now facing 16 felony charges

Posted: May. 16, 2018 11:50 AM

A 16-year-old California teen has been arrested after he used a phishing campaign against teachers in order to change his grades and grades of other students.

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He was charged with 14 felony counts, including unauthorized use of entering network. He has since been suspended from school.

According to a report, the Ygnacio Valley High student sent emails to teachers with a fake version of the school's website.

The link would direct teachers to a page the student set up where they would be asked to confirm their login details.

Once he obtained the teacher's login details, the teen logged in their account and changed grades.

The teen changed the grades of at least 15 students, including himself. For some students, he lowered their grades, instead of raising them.

Police located the student after obtaining a search warrant for the IP addresses associated with the phishing email.

The teen said it took him about five minutes to create the email and that hacking into the system , “very easy, it was like beginner level," he said.

The teen reportedly told a news station, "It was like stealing candy from a baby." 

He then went on to say he’s sorry, but hopes to move on from the charges and become “an IT type person at the top-notch level” someday.

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