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Police: Hackers tried to alter grades at Virginia school

April 5, 2018

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — A search warrant says hackers have attempted to change grades at a Virginia high school.

The Washington Post cites the warrant filed in Fairfax County that says the attack began in November when emails were sent from a known Oakton High School Honor Council with a link it purported would take readers to news about the organization. Detectives note in the warrant that the link caused a reader’s computer to download a “key logger” program that steals information such as passwords by recording keystrokes.

This is just the latest in a string of schools nationwide that are being hacked to change grades. Just last month, a University of Georgia student was charged with hacking into a professor’s computer to change his grades.

Fairfax County police say the investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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