Ex-North Springs student accused of hacking system, changing grades

A former North Springs High School student is accused of hacking the school’s computer system, accessing personal email and changing grades, the Fulton County school system said Thursday.

The student, whose name was not released, confessed to gaining access to the system between March and December and is cooperating with investigators, Principal Eddie Ruiz said in a letter to parents.

“We are still investigating, but the student also gained access to our student information database using the staff members’ same log-in information and changed assignment grades for a small number of students,” Ruiz said in the letter. “This has been rectified.”

The student no longer attends North Springs, the principal said.

School system police and the GBI are investigating the security breach. Ruiz said there was no evidence that anyone’s Social Security numbers were accessed.

The school district is offering identity and credit monitoring services to all North Springs employees at no charge for one year.

It’s the second time in a year that a student has cracked the system at a Fulton high school. In January 2014, a Westlake High School student was suspended after admitting he accessed the school’s computer system and changed grades over the holiday break.

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