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By Danyal Hussain For Mailonline. A high school student may face legal action after he hacked into his school's computer system and changed his grades for the better while changing other pupils' for the worse. The student, 15, is accused of tricking teachers at the school into giving him their login information which allowed him to access records. Riverside police's Economic Crimes Detective Brian Money said the student has been accused of changing his own grades but may not have been caught if he hadn't also allegedly changed others and wrote notes about the pupils, including one who he said 'Sleeps in class'.
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So today, when cybersecurity has become the domain of state-sponsored spy agencies and multibillion-dollar companies, it may be refreshing to know that the high school hacker lives on—as do the glaring vulnerabilities in school software. At the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas today, year-old Bill Demirkapi presented his findings from three years of after-school hacking that began when he was a high school freshman. Demirkapi poked around the web interfaces of two common pieces of software, sold by tech firms Blackboard and Follett and used by his own school.
Officials say the breaches happened at various schools in the district. This is the second time in as many months that high school students in the state have been caught hacking grades. Last month, students in a Jersey City high school were charged with illegally trying to change grades. Elizabeth schools spokesman Pat Politano says one student gained access to the system by stealing a teacher's password. He says other students accessed attendance records and tried unsuccessfully to change grades.