1:40 PM -- Okay, class, may I have your attention? The following items have been reported in the last three weeks or so:
I just have one question in all of these cases. Did any of them try studying first?
Hacking isn't easy. It takes a level of intelligence, desire, and (especially) time. I'm not saying school systems are the most secure, but certainly changing your grades online isn't as easy as filling out a change of address form.
Wouldn't it have been easier just to do their homework?
I'm betting that these cases of grade-changing are only the tip of the iceberg. Ever since movies like "Wargames" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," kids have fantasized about hacking the school's computers and changing their grades. And among a security-savvy audience like Dark Reading's, I'm guessing there are some pretty interesting stories about it out there.
Have you ever electronically changed your grades? Do you know someone who did? Post your story to the message board attached to this blog. Remember, all postings are completely anonymous.
And believe me, none of these postings will be graded.
Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading