Hackers changed grades at Seattle schools

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 29 at 11:33 AM

SEATTLE – Seattle Public Schools are trying to find out if someone stole teacher passwords and changed grades in the district's computer system.

The district's information technology department found a device called a key logger, that looks similar to a flash drive, in some computers, said district spokesperson Theresa Whipple. The devices can track keystrokes.

According to an email sent out by the IT department, the problem has been happening for several weeks at Ballard, Ingraham and Sealth high schools.

Teachers are being asked to check their gradebooks and compare to the online grades for discrepancies.

The devices could have also recorded any other personal information that was being transmitted via the computers they were attached to.

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