Riverside student accused of hacking school computer, changing grades

Brian Rokos reports:

A 15-year-old high school student could face a felony charge after he tricked teachers into providing their computer login information and then changed grades — his for the better and others’ for the worse — according to Riverside police.

The ruse, known as “spearphishing,” is increasingly common, said the investigator on the case, Riverside police economic crimes Detective Brian Money. Computer users need to have their guard up to avoid being victimized, he said.

Money said he has sent a juvenile court petition to the Riverside County Probation Department, asking the boy to be charged with computer intrusion. The student is not being publicly identified because he is a minor.

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