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    student hacker changes grade

    How many of us wanted to do this at one point in our lives (especially after watching War Games). The school is "reviewing security measures", however, the hacker used social engineering to crack passwords...cant stop that without seriously hammering employees.


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    Police: Student hacker gave herself As


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    NEWARK, Delaware (AP) -- A university student broke into her school's computer system and gave herself passing grades in three courses, police said.

    Darielle Insler, 22, allegedly changed her grades in a math and a science class from Fs to As. She also is accused of changing an incomplete grade to a passing one in an education class.

    According to an affidavit filed by Officer Charles J. Wilson, Insler called human resources employees at the school and requested a new password for each instructor, then logged into the system.

    Insler also gained access to the system by guessing another teacher's password, according to court documents.

    Insler is charged with multiple counts of identity theft, criminal impersonation, unauthorized access of a computer system and misuse of information on a computer system.

    She is free on dlrs 5,500 bail awaiting trial in Delaware Superior Court.

    Insler, a third-year student from Leonia, New Jersey, declined to comment Monday.

    Cynthia Cummings, an associate vice president at the school, said security measures are being reviewed.
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    I say if she's smart enough to get it, then she deserves the grades. We used to have a policy in some of my classes -- the person who let you cheat, or didn't prevent you from cheating, got punished. So if I sneaked a peak at my neighbor's paper, they got in trouble. Same should apply here.
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    wow...

    something doesnt quite add up with that policy, but i guess in a real world enviroment it makes sense...

    Smart enough to change the grades, but not smart enough to get caught - I think she should get punished, or its carte blanche for the rest of the school to hack their grades (although you are right that the school should bear some of the responsibility).

    Actually, now that i am thinking about it, im kinda tossed up about the subject...
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    I can't believe this actually made the papers. The scarry part is how many charges they are hitting her with. Multiple counts of 4 different charges is insane. And she didn't even do anything but social engineer a password out of a teacher or someone....
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    pretty funny stuff... i like the fact that she is a "hacker" and they make it sound like it is a hardcore sense of the word
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    At my school one teacher just wrote the pasword on the blackboard when someone asked for it (as a joke), because he tought we were to stupid to use it. I now think we were smart enough to not use it.
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    Hacker?

    Sounds like a cracker to me. I don't think she should get as hammered as she is. After all, it's not like she's getting into NASA's computers, or even the WOPR But, I hardly ever agree with the punishments that go with computer crimes. Pretty draconian in my book. But, I'd say they should give her a passing grade in Computer Science...
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    Holy crap look at all the charges....

    When I was in junior high, I used an ink pen to change my math grade. When I was in high school, it had to be done with a typewriter (Can you tell I wasn't good at math?) I was glad no one found out, because my parents would've beat my butt. Now I'm really glad, cause I could still be in jail apparently...sheesh!

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    Sounds like they are wanting to use this incident as an example to others thinking of doing the same thing. Also seems like they are over reacting due to sheer embarasment over their own inability to keep things secure.

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    Originally posted here by neel
    At my school one teacher just wrote the pasword on the blackboard when someone asked for it (as a joke), because he tought we were to stupid to use it. I now think we were smart enough to not use it.
    Very good point. I also think that they are being harsh on the charges...but i guess you get what you give.

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