11 California High School Students Expelled After Hacking Computers to Change Grades


Keylogger similar to the one used by the students

In December 2013, we learned that a dozen students of the Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California, were suspected of changing their grades and obtaining tests after hacking into the school’s computers.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education has decided to expel 11 students.

A 28-year-old private tutor named Timothy Lance Lai is said to have shown the students how to use a keylogger. They connected the device to teachers’ computers in an effort to steal their access passwords.

The school district has decided to expel the students after analyzing the case for hours in a closed session. This is the toughest penalty allowed by the Education Code.

So far, no charges have been filed against Lai and the students, but the police are still looking into the case.

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