NY: Teen accused of hacking high school, improving grades (updated)

Frank Rosario, Erin Calabrese and Natalie O’Neill report:

A tech-savvy Staten Island high-school student who studied advanced computer programming at an NYU camp used his skills to hack into a secure computer system and improve his scores, sources told The Post Thursday.

Eric Walstrom, 16, a junior at New Dorp HS, made it past a password barrier and software security system using a computer in the school and set up the network so he could access it from his smartphone, the sources said.

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He was charged as an adult with forgery, computer trespass, unauthorized use of a computer, computer tampering and criminal possession of forgery devices.

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Update: Staten Island Live reports that Walstrom

 had access to all student records at New Dorp High School and also city Department of Education computers when he raised his own grades by hacking his school’s computer system, authorities allege.

He has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors for accessing school and DOE computers between Dec. 14 and Feb. 9, according to allegations in court documents.

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