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Posted: 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

Student admits hacking university computer to change grades

By Christopher Seward

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A student working in a university’s IT department may not be the best combination if you consider a case out of Dougherty County in South Georgia.

Derrick Davis recently admitted to accessing Albany State University’s computer system to change his grades in four classes. In addition to being a student, Davis was an employee in the university’s Information Technology Department.

He told a Dougherty County Superior Court on Monday that he was able to exploit the instructor password routine to gain access to the online grade system. Davis, who was expelled, pleaded guilty to four counts of computer trespass. He was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Last month, a former Georgia Tech student was fined and sentenced to probation after he illegally logged into the Atlanta school’s computer system and changed his grades. Shayan Panjwani pleaded guilty in Fulton County Superior Court to two counts of computer trespass. He received two years’ probation and a $1,000 fine.

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