School District Employee Resigns After Hacking Scandal

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on March 11, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cyber Crime, White Collar Crime

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Eleven students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District have been expelled after a computer hacking scandal at Corona del Mar High School.

The scandal began when 28-year-old tutor Timothy Lance Lai suggested to a group of students that they could attach to a keylogger to teachers’ computers to get passwords in order to change grades and get access to exam answers. Investigators estimate that Lai may have been working with as many as 150 students to hack the system, but only 11 were expelled.

Tustin criminal defenseJane Garland, a school administrator and head of discipline for the district, said students were lead to believe their punishment would be lighter if they implicated others. She resigned in protest due to the nature of the punishment. Garland says Lai preyed on the students, and advocated to the administration for restorative punishment—like being made to tutor others or taking a class on the consequences of their actions—instead of a punitive action like explusion.

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