Prison for grade hack?: Commack School Hacking

Published: October 21, 2015

Prison for grade hack?: Commack School Hacking, Give them an A for effort – and handcuffs for breaking the law.

Three Long Island teens were arrested Tuesday for committing a Ferris Bueller-style hack into their high school’s computer system, where they pumped up their grades and altered the schedules for 300 students, officials said.

Daniel Soares, 17, of Commack, is accused of slipping into Commack High School after hours and connecting a device known as a key log to the keyboard of a classroom computer on May 26. He did it again in June, authorities said.

The small gizmo records all the keystrokes made on the computer, according to Detective Sgt. John Best, of the Suffolk County Police Department Computer Crimes Section.

When Soares retrieved the device a few days later, he was able to print out every log-in name and password punched into the keyboard, Best explained.

“That’s how we believe he got the user names and passwords to get into the system,” he said.

Once inside, the senior inflated his physics, economics and history grades, Best said. He also allegedly changed the grades of his pal Eric Vaysman, 17, and changed the schedules of hundreds of students.


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