Students from Downington East High School in Pennsylvania are being questioned by the police after hacking into their school website.
Downington Area School District discovered the breach on October 11, and following an investigation it was revealed that 12,600 students’ addresses, grade point averages (GPAs), SAT scores and ID numbers had been compromised.
The school had become aware of the breach after a list of the Top 50 GPA had begun circulating around the school. The police were notified about the breach last Tuesday, and on Saturday a letter was sent out to parents.
The letter by the district stated that the breach was committed by a group of students from Downington East High School who wanted to win a water gun fight, named “senior water games” or “assassin”, whereby the winner gets rewarded in cash.
The district alleges that the students hacked into the student college and career resource website Naviance, to gain access to the addresses of other students playing the game.
“No information was altered or manipulated in any way. There are no social security numbers for students or parents in any of our systems. No credit card information is stored in these systems, and no credit card information was compromised,” the district wrote.
Currently, multiple students are being investigated over the breach.
“The consequences for these young individuals [are] likely to be severe. Cyber-hacking is a federal crime, and we are working with the proper authorities to determine the appropriate discipline and legal ramifications.”
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