Two Former Purdue Students Admit Hacking Computers to Change Grades


Sun (left) and Sharma (right)

Roy C. Sun and Sujay Sharma, both former students of Purdue University, have admitted hacking the educational institution’s computer systems in an effort to change grades. They’ve used keyboard keyloggers to collect access credentials from professors.

According to the Journal & Courier, Sun has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering and two counts of computer tampering. Sharma has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer tampering. They’ll both be sentenced in February.

Sharma is said to have changed only one grade from a D to an A. Sun, on the other hand, is believed to have changed nine F grades to A between May 2008 and May 2010, when he graduated.

Sun and Sharma are not the only suspects in this case. Authorities say Mitsutoshi Shirasaki also changed a couple of dozen grades between May 2010 and December 2012.

However, Shirasaki is still wanted. Authorities say he has likely fled to Japan.

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