Endpoint

5/17/2018
11:25 AM
100%
0%

California Teen Arrested for Phishing Teachers to Change Grades

The student faces 14 felony counts for using a phishing campaign to steal teachers' credentials and alter students' grades.

Bet nobody in your high school got in trouble for this: a 16-year-old hacker was arrested in Concord, California for launching a phishing campaign to steal teachers' login data and change grades. The student, whose name was withheld because he's a minor, faces 14 felony counts.

His attack targeted teachers in the Mount Diablo Unified School District, who received emails containing a link that redirected them to a malicious site designed to look like the school's portal, according to Gizmodo. Those who clicked the link were prompted to enter their credentials, which were then recorded on the site. At least one teacher logged in and gave the student everything he needed to access the district's IT network and school's grading system.

Once in the system, he raised or lowered the grades - including his own - of ten- to 15 students. Local law enforcement received reports of the suspicious emails and launched an investigation with help from a Contra Costa County task force and US Secret Service. Officials obtained search warrants for IP addresses linked to the malicious site and traced it to the student's address.

This student isn't the first to try to phish his way to an "A." Others in New Jersey, New York, Alabama, and Louisiana have launched similar campaigns.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Election Websites, Back-End Systems Most at Risk of Cyberattack in Midterms
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  8/14/2018
Intel Reveals New Spectre-Like Vulnerability
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  8/15/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-13435
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-16
** DISPUTED ** An issue was discovered in the LINE jp.naver.line application 8.8.0 for iOS. The Passcode feature allows authentication bypass via runtime manipulation that forces a certain method to disable passcode authentication. NOTE: the vendor indicates that this is not an attack of interest w...
CVE-2018-13446
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-16
** DISPUTED ** An issue was discovered in the LINE jp.naver.line application 8.8.1 for Android. The Passcode feature allows authentication bypass via runtime manipulation that forces a certain method's return value to true. In other words, an attacker could authenticate with an arbitrary passcode. ...
CVE-2018-14567
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-16
libxml2 2.9.8, if --with-lzma is used, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via a crafted XML file that triggers LZMA_MEMLIMIT_ERROR, as demonstrated by xmllint, a different vulnerability than CVE-2015-8035 and CVE-2018-9251.
CVE-2018-15122
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-16
An issue found in Progress Telerik JustAssembly through 2018.1.323.2 and JustDecompile through 2018.2.605.0 makes it possible to execute code by decompiling a compiled .NET object (such as DLL or EXE) with an embedded resource file by clicking on the resource.
CVE-2018-11509
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-16
ASUSTOR ADM 3.1.0.RFQ3 uses the same default root:admin username and password as it does for the NAS itself for applications that are installed from the online repository. This may allow an attacker to login and upload a webshell.