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FBI #Charges 22-Year-Old #Student for #Hacking System to Change #Grades

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FBI #Charges 22-Year-Old #Student for #Hacking System to Change #Grades

A former student at the University of Iowa was arrested on computer-hacking charges for accessing copies of exams in advance, and altering grades for himself and his classmates.

Chemistry major and wrestler Trevor Graves, 22, allegedly plugged keyloggers into university computers in classrooms and labs, allowing him to see whatever his professors typed, including their credentials to the university’s grading system.

In a criminal complaint submitted to an Iowa district court, the FBI claims Graves had access to the school’s grading system, Iowa Courses Online (ICON), for nearly 21 months – between March 2015 and December 2016.

During this time, Graves was able to modify grades more than 90 times on tests, quizzes and homework assignments for himself and at least five other students.

One of Graves’ professors first reported the incident to campus IT security officials after noticing changes in his assignments and quiz scores without her authorization.

An investigation led to a search of his off-campus apartment where authorities seized keyloggers, cellphones and thumb drives that contained copies of the stolen exams.

Grades were allegedly changed for a number of classes, including courses in business, engineering and chemistry.

According to the New York Times, Graves was arrested in Denver last Tuesday and released on bond pending an initial court appearance in Iowa two days later.

The Colorado native is charged with “intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and exceeding authorized access to obtain information, and knowingly transmitting a computer program to cause damage.”

Court documents state the IT expenses associated with the internal investigation, response to the breach and remedial steps to enhance IT security will cost the university roughly $68,000.

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Hacker Holds #University for #Ransom, #Threatens to Dump #Student Info

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Hacker Holds #University for #Ransom, #Threatens to Dump #Student Info

A hacker is trying to extort a Canadian university, threatening to dump student information unless university top brass pay 30,000 CAD (23,000 USD).

The extortion attempt’s victim is the University of Fraser Valley (UFV), a Canadian university located in the town of Abbotsford, south-east of Vancouver.

Based on the currently available information, a hacker or hacker group breached the university’s network from where it gathered information such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, physical addresses, grades information, some instances, limited financial details, and possibly more.

Hacker circulated personal data of 29 UFV students

The time of the intrusion is unknown, but over the last weekend, the hacker sent an email to UFV students with the personal information of 29 UVF students.

The same email also contained a ransom demand of 30,000 CAD (23,000 USD). The hacker gave UFV officials 48 hours to pay, or he’d release more info.

The University came clean on Monday and admitted the breach in series of four security alerts sent over the course of the week.

“The students directly affected have been contacted and UFV is working with them to take steps to secure their privacy and personal information,” a UFV spokesperson said.

University shuts down email system

On Wednesday, UFV shut down its email system until November 6, in an attempt to prevent the proliferation of other emails containing data of other students.

The hacker’s point of entry and the number of compromised systems are currently unknown. The University is still investigating the breach, together with Abbotsford police.

The deadline has passed, but it’s unclear if the University paid the ransom demand.

In mid-September, a hacker group known as TheDarkOverlord (TDO) tried to extort schools in the US state of Montana. The hacker’s extortion attempts failed, even after he made bomb threats against the school and physical violence against students.

Bleeping Computer reached out to the hacker group through an intermediary and TDO denied it was behind this recent extortion attempt.

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Student #expelled for #hacking school #computer and changing #grades

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Student #expelled for #hacking school #computer and changing #grades

Student expelled for changing grades using keylogger

Under normal situations, a student wanting higher grades would mean extra effort and hard work and that’s usually a good thing. In this student’s case however, the school decided that its a bad thing when the hard work leads a student to hack into his school’s computer systems.

Greed did him in

The incident was reported in Kansas University (KU) where the student reportedly logged into the school’s systems and changed his grades from an F to an A. The student got the credentials needed to access the system by using a physical key-logger and installing it in one of the systems in the lecture halls.

The key-logger was a simple one, available for purchase online for as little as $20. Various KU professors while speaking to local news media said that the hack was only noticed because the student got too greedy with his grades. The professors also noted that the hack occurred last spring and was only noticed at the beginning of the new school year that too by chance. The teachers are hopeful that the University files a police complaint regarding this incident as a warning for any other student getting the same idea. This student’s name hasn’t been disclosed but he has been expelled for his actions.

Not a unique case

This isn’t the first reported case of students hacking into their school’s system to change grades. A Louisiana high school suspended 45 students at one stretch for hacking into the school’s computer systems to change their grades. Similar incidents have also been reported across the globe , most popular being one in Haifa, Israel where another student was expelled from The Technion Institute of Technology for hacking into his professor’s emails seeking any information that could be used to boost his grades.

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Oklahoma teacher, 31, who had sex with student, 15, ordered to pay $1 million

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Arizona State University student threatens to send suitors’ ‘unsolicited’ pictures to their mothers

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ TEMPE, AZ – An Arizona State University student is taking matters into her own hands to combat unsolicited explicit photos being sent to her online dating account. Like many adults, 20-year-old Madi Kohn signed up for…

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Student hacker, 19, admits high-profile cyber-attacks on the websites of multinational firms including Amazon, Netflix, BT and the BBC

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A teenager has admitted carrying out a string of high-profile cyber attacks on the websites of multi-national firms. Jack Chappell, 19, of Stockport, committed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on NatWest, the National Crime Agency, Vodafone, the BBC, BT, 02 and Amazon. DDoS attacks involve crashing websites by flooding…

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UK student, 18, arrested in international cyberattack

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An 18-year-old student in northwestern England has been charged in a series of cyberattacks on the websites of nearly a dozen multinational firms. Jack Chappell is accused of supplying software that crashes websites by flooding them with data and with running a help-desk for cyber criminals. West Midlands Police said…

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Identity theft ring bought information online, used student loan website to get $12 million in tax refunds

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Identity theft ring bought information online, used student loan website to get $12 million in tax refunds

Two people were indicted on federal charges related to a $12 million scam in which they stole identities in order to file fake tax returns and profit from the refunds. Taiwo K. Onamuti, 29, Doraville, Ga., and Muideen A. Adebule, 49, Indianapolis, face 23 federal charges including aggravated identity theft,…

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Former Chico State student sentenced in sex, hacking case

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