Palos Verdes Students Accused Of Hacking School Computers, Changing Grades For Profit

PALOS VERDES ESTATES (CBS) — Three Palos Verdes high school students faced burglary and other charges on Friday after allegedly hacking into school computers and changing their grades.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports police say the suspects allegedly pulled off the job for profit.

The 16-year-old junior boys reportedly broke into offices at Palos Verdes High School over 20 times, investigators said.

The students are accused of stealing hard copies of exams and selling the solution keys to as many as 20 students.

Investigators said key logger devices were used to steal passwords from their teachers’ computers and then logged in to change students’ grades.

Officials were alerted when several of the devices were found still attached to the machines. A cross-check of paper exam records with online records revealed the identities of those involved.

The students’ names were not released because of their ages.

School officials declined to make themselves available for interviews on the arrests and the ongoing investigation.

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