Teen Student Arrested for Hacking School Computers

A student aged 17 from a GCC country has been arrested on charges that he allegedly invaded his school computer and stole exam papers after installing a virus, officers at Dubai Police's Department of Electronic Forensics said. The Police, however, have neither disclosed the school's name nor the student's nationality.

Elaborating on the way Police arrived at the conclusion that the student hacked the system, Rashed Ahman Lootah, Director, the Department of Electronic Forensics, said that they had examined data on the PC of the student and that of the teachers. Subsequently, they found that the virus codes matched on the two systems that were used for stealing information, as reported by Thenational on May 5, 2009.

Lootah added that the boy was smart. He was understood to be inquisitive as well as good at experimenting with various computer viruses and programs, the knowledge he used to steal the information.

Furthermore, Dubai Police's Cyber-Crime Unit stated that after the theft of the exam material, the boy distributed the papers among other students following which the latter too passed them around. Consequently, teachers noticed that the students performed extremely well in the exams that led them to suspect 'paper leakage.'

The boy, however, denied of doing anything wrong. Eventually, when the school's principal got in touch with the Police and a few students too acknowledged of having read the question papers, the investigators were able to trace down the accused.

Meanwhile, the teen student refuted the charges against him and challenged the Police for establishing that he performed the hack. Subsequently, cyber experts at the Police department examined his PCs that revealed virus making and hacking software on them.

The Police states that investigations failed to prove that the accused took money for the papers. The boy's case is now with the public prosecutors that have released him on bail.

Meanwhile, security experts stated that teenagers were frequently utilizing viruses to commit online offenses as evident from a case during April 2009, when a teen hacker after orchestrating a botnet attack in the USA was jailed for 11 months.

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