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


A late student at the University of Iowa was arrested on computer-hacking charges for accessing samples of exams in advance, and altering grades for himself and his classmates.Chemistry crucial and wrestler Trevor Graves, 22, allegedly plugged keyloggers into university computers in classrooms and labs, permitting him to see whatever his professors typed, including their credentials to the university’s stage system.In a criminal complaint submitted to an Iowa district court, the FBI demands Graves had access to the school’s grading system, Iowa Courses Online (ICON), for more 21 months – between March 2015 and December 2016.During this fix, Graves was able to modify grades more than 90 times on evaluates, quizzes and homework assignments for himself and at least five other swotters.One of Graves’ professors first reported the incident to campus IT security officials after take notice ofing changes in his assignments and quiz scores without her authorization.An investigation led to a search of his off-campus apartment where specialists seized keyloggers, cellphones and thumb drives that contained carbon copies of the stolen exams.Grades were allegedly changed for a number of classes, containing courses in business, engineering and chemistry.According to the New York Times, Pressings was arrested in Denver last Tuesday and released on bond pending an first court appearance in Iowa two days later.The Colorado native is invoiced with “intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and exceeding okayed access to obtain information, and knowingly transmitting a computer program to compel damage.”Court documents state the IT expenses associated with the internal study, response to the breach and remedial steps to enhance IT security will expense the university roughly $68,000.

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