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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Berkeley High Students Pull a Ferris Bueller-Like Money Scheme

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 7:43 AM

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  • You realize if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?

There's a new side hustle at Berkeley High: Hacking into the school database and clearing classmates' attendance record for a fee.

But the administration was not. School officials caught on, and are suspending dozens of students and expelling a few others.

Of course, this money-making scheme is much better than the last one Berkley students were accused of: You may remember in December when Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss reported that police had been getting calls about Berkeley High School students working as prostitutes. (She later said she had misinterpreted the data.)

In today's information technology era, hacking into computer databases might be a useful skill to throw onto college applications and résumés.

The students gained access to the school's attendance system and sold cleared absences, KTVU reported. Administrators found out when they noticed unauthorized changes in the attendance records. At least four students obtained the password to log into the program.

Those four will likely be expelled, and around 50 who participated could be suspended, Principal Pasquale Scuderi told news outlets.

It might be time to cross "hacking into school database" off the list of ways to pay for college tuition.

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