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Students Accused of Hacking into CdM Computers to Change Grades

A school district official said the students learned how to hack into staff computers from a private tutor.

Corona del Mar High School (Photo credit Michael Kim)
Corona del Mar High School (Photo credit Michael Kim)
A handful of students at Corona del Mar High School have been accused of hacking into staff computers and changing grades, after receiving a hacking device from a private tutor, a school district spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Administrators at CdM High School became aware of the computer hacking incident on Tuesday, according to district spokeswoman Laura Boss. The students are suspected of changing grades and accessing tests.

"We are shocked and disappointed by the unethical and irresponsible behavior exhibited by the involved students," Boss said in a released statement. "The early investigation has identified a private tutor that we believe provided these students with a hacking device and instructed them on how to use it."

Boss said along with disciplinary actions by the school, the students could potentially face "serious criminal charges" for hacking into the school's computers.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is working with the Newport Beach Police Department on the investigation into how the students got their hands on staff computers.

Boss said administrators do not believe any CdM staff members were involved in the computer hacking.

"At a staff meeting called yesterday to brief them about the situation, CdM teachers expressed concern and sadness that these students would take advantage of them and violate their trust," Boss said. "Honesty and integrity are cornerstones of the quality educational program at CdM. The students engaging in this unlawful conduct have failed to meet those standards and should be ashamed of their behavior."

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