Three Teens in NY Arrested After Hacking School’s Computer System to Change Grades

Daniel Soares, 17, leaves First District Court in Central Islip, Long Island, Tuesday after being arraigned for unauthorized access of Commack High School's computer system.
Daniel Soares, 17, leaves First District Court in Central Islip, Long Island, Tuesday after being arraigned for unauthorized access of Commack High School’s computer system.

Three Long Island high school students were arrested Tuesday after hacking their school’s computers and pulling a stunt straight out of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Unlike Bueller, who changed his permanent record right in front of his principal’s eyes, these three aren’t following it up by having the time of their lives.

Police say Daniel Soares, 17, of Commack, was the ringleader of the trio, The NY Daily News reported. Soares allegedly broke into Commack High School in May and attached a keylogger device to the keyboard of a classroom computer. The device tracked keystrokes, and gave Soares access to administrative passwords.

Soares was then able to inflate grades for himself and two classmates, as well as alter class schedules for 300 students before the first day of class, police said.

When school officials discovered the system had been accessed, they called the police. Officials were able to track the hack to Soares’ home.

Soares and his partners in crime, Eric Vaysman and Alex Mosquera, both 17, were arrested on Tuesday. Soares was charged with burglary and computer tampering while the other two were both charged with computer trespass.

Soares could face up to seven years in prison, while each of his friends could face up to four years, according to the NY Post. All three pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance.

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SOURCE: Ben Axelson  
Syracuse.com