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‘A’ for effort: Mom hacks school system to change her kids’ grades

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Sometimes when you do what’s best for your kids, you can go a little overboard. A mother in Pennsylvania has allegedly hacked into her children’s school records to boost their grades and browse administration emails, ABC News reports.

Catherine Venusto was employed as a secretary by the Northwestern Lehigh School District from 2008 to 2011, but she continued to kept hold of the user name and password from the superintendent to continue accessing district files. While on the district network, Venusto changed grades and read emails from nine faculty email accounts. She used the superintendent’s password 110 times.

In specific examples concerning grades, Venusto is accused of changing her daughter’s “F” to an “M” (for medical) in June 2010. She also allegedly changed her son’s “98” to a “99” in February 2012.

The district realized something was wrong when a teacher saw the superintendent was inside that teacher’s online grade book, but the superintendent said she was not. Administrators immediately notified local police about the misuse.

Venusto faces six third-degree felony charges for the violations. She was arraigned Wednesday on “three counts of unlawful use of a computer and three counts of computer trespassing and altering data.” If convicted, she could face a maximum of 42 years in prison or a $90,000 fine.

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