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Hackers Engage in Grade Change for Corporate Academy

Since the time system administrators at the Savannah-Chatham district school on November 8, 2007 discovered a hack into the computer system of the district school for the purpose of changing grades of several students of the Corporate Academy High School, they took the incident seriously. The district, however, is unsure of the exact number of students involved and the number of grades altered.

Meanwhile, school officials do not think that the attack at the Corporate Academy was via any sophisticated hacking technique. But they certainly believe that students(s) used one of the teacher's login and password information to access the NovaNet computer system and make changes to the grades. This, therefore, has led to an investigation into the grade manipulation at the school site.

The NovaNet computer system records students' grades for their routine classwork, non-state tests, and homework. Members of both the administrative staff and the Corporate Academy staff are conducting the investigation.

The purpose of this investigation is to collect evidences and documentation based on which the parties involved could be identified. The investigation plans to narrow down its concentration on students and staff personnel and once the review of evidences and documentation is over, disciplinary action would be taken.

All teachers of the school had to change their logins and passwords and concerned authorities are assessing safeguards and keeping watch on system operations to prevent a repetition of such an incident.

Person in-charge of all the public schools at Savannah-Chatham, Ms. Jacqueline Colander-Chavis, said that it was a matter of concern that the grades of a child would be tampered with and that a child student or an adult would be found to allegedly do the tapping. MTOCTV published Colander-Chavis' statement on November 9, 2007.

While the district secures the students' grades on the main database, which only the staff and faculty members can access, the new grades that may have come easily to the students wouldn't certify them as graduates.

School officials said that there would be "aggressive disciplinary action" against all individuals who have violated board policies and those being responsible for awarding false grades.

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» SPAMfighter News - 28-11-2007

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