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    Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    Word or Warning: Don't hack your teacher's computer:

    Struggling in an AP biology class at Kent Roosevelt High School earlier this year and claiming the teacher did nothing to help him, Huang and a friend uncovered the teacher's computer password, giving him access to upcoming test questions.

    They were caught.

    Huang, 17, a senior and Chinese national here on a student visa, received an ``F'' for the course. He was suspended for five days. And the school district is pursuing criminal charges against him and his friend -- charges that could affect his ability to stay in the country if he's found guilty.


    Since when did cheating on a test become an offense worthy of criminal prosecution? Must have been about the time that trusting patients did.
     

    posted by Sydney on 5/02/2007 07:13:00 AM 4 comments

    4 Comments:

    "Since when did cheating on a test become an offense worthy of criminal prosecution?"

    1984, appropriately enough. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. With modern networks, it's trivial for information altered on a computer to end up in another state, which triggers the Act.

    By Anonymous Not Quite the Mentor, at 5:08 PM  

    Though, it doesn't seem like he specifically broke into the teacher's computer; rather, he broke into a server on which were a list of potential questions. Still not legitimate, but different from hacking the teacher's computer. Plus, the teacher does come off as quite the negligent one. Making students read the textbook quietly at their desks? Really, what does the school pay him for?

    By Blogger such.ire, at 1:36 AM  

    In my community they are giving out community service for being the class clown. Seems like the techers are not engaging the students and as adults tey are unable to cope.

    Steve Lucas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:39 AM  

    They let child molesters go free with community service...funny old world isn't it....NOT!

    By Anonymous Daphne, at 11:55 AM  

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