Student Accused of Grade Hacking in Riverside
A 15-year-old student in Riverside is accused of breaking into his school’s computer system to change his grades.
The unnamed minor was able to access the records by tricking teachers into giving him their login information. He did that by pretending to be a school administrator.
The student may never have been caught had he not decided to tinker with other students’ grades as well, lowering their scores and adding negative remarks like “sleeps in class.” The other students noticed and alerted school officials. The school then contacted police. The hacker may now be facing felony charges.
California has seen its fair share of grade hacking incidents in recent years. Just last year, a student in Concord was arrested and charged with 14 felony counts for using a phishing scheme to alter his scores.