Temple University Edwin T. Kim, 31, has received a criminal conviction and two-years probation after pleading guilty to hacking into the school’s system to improve his grades. The tampering with records violation was discovered by one of his professors who found herself locked out of the system in trying to enter grades. What is remarkable however is the temerity of Kim who changed his F grade in a couple of classes to an A-.
I am fascinated by the choice of the faux grade. Rather than showing restraint and changing the grade to a B, Kim decided he deserved an A, but not a full A.
The first change was discovered in an accounting course. Later, two other professors found that their grades (in financial management and law and American society) had mysteriously moved from Fs that he had received from them also were upgraded to As. It appears that he relied entirely on hacking in seeking a higher GPA. It was remarkably stupid since, even without the access problem of the professor, most academics look closely at Fs in their class and there was a fair chance of detection in the regular course of business.
Kim had to work hard not to work on his studies. He used a “key logger” device that captures key strokes on a computer. After installing the device in a university computer, he was able to withdraw the device a few days later with the identification numbers and passwords of his professors. That is a pretty premeditated and outrageous act. He is fortunate to get only probation since his actions violated privacy protections for all of the students as well as the faculty.
Source: Philly Burbs