Jul 23, 2012

Best Mom Ever? Mom Busted For Hacking School Computers To Fix Kids Grades.

Facing a maximum of 42 years in prison and a $90,000 fine, new nominee for mother of the year, Catherine Venusto, allegedly "hacked" into school computers to change one of her kid's grade from an F to an M (Medical) and raised another one of her kids scores from a 98 to 99.

She did all of this after working as a secretary for the Lehigh School District in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania from 2008 until 2011. She used the district superintendent's login credentials to gain access to the grading system to work her magic. The credentials weren't changed after Venusto left last year.

She was caught because the principal of her kids school told the superintendent that she didn't know why Venusto needed access to the online grading system. That threw up red flags, and the school district went on lock down. According to LehighValleyLive.com:

Within three hours of suspecting unauthorized access, email, student information system and the district shared drive were shut down until we were able to fully identify the issue. New security measures were put in place before the systems were accessed again by staff, students or parents.

Venusto was arraigned last Wednesday, and was released on $30,000 bail which she will only have to pay if she doesn't show up for the hearing on July 26th.

Lessons learned from this? How about not sharing your password people! Also, make sure you change passwords frequently! What do you think about this topic? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Sophos]

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