An 11th grade school kid at Anzar High School in San Juan Bautista broke into his school's computer system as part of a project on hacking - and lowered his own grades.
Reid Ellison presented the idea of cracking the system to school administrators, and they gave him the go-ahead without actually believing he could do it.
He hacked his way into the network within seconds but, once there, he had a problem.
The student couldn't artificially bump up his grades as he already had a straight-A average, but he needed to prove that he had been in the system.
According to the San Jose Mercury News he dropped himself from a 4.0 grade-point average to a 1.9.
Ellison said that the hacking side of the project was easy once he had his program in place, and that figuring out the passwords took about "200 milliseconds".
He didn't tell any fellow students of his success until the administration had a chance to change the password. The school is taking steps to shore up its security.
After his hacking venture was recorded, Ellison made sure that his grades were adjusted back up.
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