Friday, May 26, 2006

Purdue University Student Accused of Grade-Hacking

An AP newswire article, via The Globe and Mail, reports that:

A Purdue University student faces tampering charges for allegedly tapping into a campus computer system to change his grades in a physics class.

Mark B. Schneider, 23, of Batesville was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of computer tampering and computer trespassing. He was released from the Tippecanoe County Jail after posting bond.

Lt. Fred Davis of the Purdue Police Department said Schneider, a senior science student, allegedly gained access to Purdue's instructional support system to retrieve and change his grades in an upper-level physics course.

A professor who noticed that grades for one of his courses seemed incorrect informed Purdue's information technology personnel, who then contacted campus police.

More here.


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