Student Installed Spying Software for Seizing Passwords, Altering Scores
The Department of Orange County Sheriff of California (USA) conducted one investigation and found that an ex-student Omar Khan of a high school had planted spying software onto the PCs many school administrators and teachers used, all through the concluding year of his schooling, reports D.A.Patch.com on March 21, 2011.
Actually, the 21-year-old Omar along with one more pupil began infiltrating the offices of Tesoro High School during 2008 for planting the spyware, stealing tests as well as altering grades. Omar, with the spyware, determined the username and password the registrar and his physics teacher used. Subsequently, he gained admission into the classroom PC where he altered his grades along with test scores. Tgdaily.com published this in news on March 22, 2011.
Also, during April 2008, invigilators at a statistics exam caught Omar copying an answer. Later during the weekend he infiltrated the computer of the school's vice-principal so he could steal and destroy the relevant evidences of his cheating, the office of the DA stated and PCWorld.com published it on March 22, 2011.
Thereafter, one night, Omar invaded the administration's systems for altering the transcript grades given to him along with the grades allotted to some other pupils after manipulating grade database software of the district. Soon, Omar requested for his transcripts' authorized copies, which enabled him to petition refusal correspondences from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. Tgdaily.com published this.
Now, Omar has admitted he carried out 2 criminal instances of commercial theft along with 1 instance each of stealing or wiping out public records, changing public records, and conspiring for stealing or wiping out public records. Expectedly, he'll be sentenced on August 26, 2011 at 9am inside the Central Justice Center, Santa Ana, to a month's incarceration, a 3-yr probation term, community service for 500-hrs, and over $14,900 as compensation to damages. Patch.com published this.
Meanwhile, Tanvir Singh, 21 and co-defendant of Omar, already admitted to the hacking charges during 2008 when he was sentenced to a 3-year probation term and community service for 200-hrs, reported Ocweekly.com on March 21, 2011.
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