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6.13.2013

Purdue students charged with hacking professors' accounts and changing grades

Asians behaving badly... grade-tampering college student edition! At Purdue University, three students are facing several felony charges after hacking into their professors' computer accounts and changing their grades to better scores: Police: Purdue engineering students tampered with professors' accounts, changed grades.

Sujay Sharma, Mitsutoshi Shirasaki and Roy Sun were charged in Tippecanoe Superior Court with multiple offenses, including conspiracy to commit computer tampering, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit computer trespass.

According to court documents, Shirasaki had been installing key-logging devices in various keyboards in classrooms and professors' offices to obtain their passwords. Ds and Fs were changes to As or Bs, Cs were changed to As, and when they got really greedy, As were even changed to A-pluses:

The investigation began last November, when an engineering professor contacted the university’s information technology department because his password had been changed by an unknown party. The professor's password was changed again in December.

Purdue’s information technology department then contacted police on Jan. 3, when it was discovered that the professor's account was accessed and that grades had been changed.

The trio is accused of installing keyloggers on numerous professors' keyboards to learn their passwords, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Sun's grade changes date between December 2008 and May 2010, with grades going from Ds, Fs and an "incomplete" to all As, the affidavit states. He graduated from Purdue in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Shirasaki's grades were changed between May 2010 and December 2012, the affidavit states. His original grades of Cs, Ds and Fs were changed to As and Bs. In two instances, two As were changed to A+.

Sharma had one grade changed, the affidavit states, from a D to an A. He also allegedly accessed three tests from one professor.
More here: Purdue students charged with hacking prof accounts, changing grades.

Suck it, cheaters. See, not all the Asian kids are getting good grades. You know, for all the time and effort that went into hack in and change their scores, they might have been better off just putting their energy into studying and getting the grades the real way. Something they'll probably be thinking about for a while... in jail.