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Phishing: It's Not Always About Money. Sometimes It's About Grades

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
May 14, 2018

Authorities have arrested a teenager from California for running a phishing scheme that targeted teachers in order to get their passwords. Unlike more traditional cases, though, he didn't want their money. He wanted to change his grades, according to Gizmodo. Teachers from the Mount Diablo School District in Concord began receiving strange emails that contained a link to what appeared to be the school's portal but was in actuality a fake site designed to capture their login credentials. One teacher entered this information into the fake site, and, using the information, the student began to change the grades for himself and 10 to 15 other students. Mostly he raised them, but for certain students he actually lowered them. Police began investigating the suspicious emails and soon found the 16-year-old behind the scheme. He admitted to the crime and said it was like stealing candy from a baby. Gizmodo noted that school districts have notoriously lax security protocols. 

The student has been charged with 14 felony counts.