It was “out of curiosity,” says Mother who hacked into school computer system to change children’s grades

by Adeniyi Abdul

Well here’s something new. In a true display of the undying love of a parent, a Pennsylvania mother has hacked into a school computer system to alter the grades of her children. As opposed to taking a more traditional approach and helping her kids prepare for their exams of even punishing them for poor performances, 45 year old Catherine Venusto of New Tripoli hacked into the computer system at Northwestern Lehigh School District, where she worked between 2008 and April 2011, to give the little ones a push. She changed her daughter’s grade from an ‘F’ to an ‘M’ (for Medical) in June 2010 and, even more curiously, changed her son’s score from 98 to 99 percent.

According to her, she committed out of “curiosity and boredom”, but the school’s district clearly thinks different, judging from the press release which states that “The acts were intentional, criminal action to obtain protected information.”

“The Northwestern Lehigh School District discovered illegal, unauthorized access to several computer systems in late February.” the release also stated. “Superintendent Dr. Mary Anne Wright said the District took immediate steps to protect student and staff information including shutting down the student information system, and quickly instituted steps to enhance security. At that time, the matter was turned over to the PA State Police at Fogelsville.”

The mother of two also claims she was unaware her actions were illegal, but concedes that they were “unethical”.

You don’t say.

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