Update: Tutor in Corona del Mar High grade-hacking scandal arrested at LAX

There’s a follow-up to a breach previously noted on this blog. On October 6, Sean Emery reported:

A tutor at the center of an alleged grade-changing scandal at Corona del Mar High School was arrested Monday when police say he returned to Southern California after fleeing the country.

Timothy Lance Lai, 29, was taken into custody by Newport Beach Police at Los Angeles International Airport and has been charged with a felony count of second-degree commercial burglary and four felony counts of computer access and fraud, police and prosecutors said Monday.

Prosecutors allege that Irvine resident Lai, who was working as a private tutor, broke into a campus building and placed a USB device capable of recording keystrokes on a teacher’s computer. On June 14, 2013, they believe he was able to use the information gleaned from the recorded keystrokes to access the school’s network and change the grades of three students.

Read more on Orange County Register.

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