A 19-year-old student in University of Nevada has been charged with hacking into his school district’s computer system and improving his classmates’ grades..
Local police say Tyler Coyner led a group of 13 students (most of whom were minors) who have all been charged with conspiracy, theft and computer intrusion.
“Last year, Coyner somehow obtained a password to the Pahrump Valley High School’s grade system and, over the course of two semesters, offered to change grades in return for cash payments.”
Coyner got a bit carried away with his own grades. He raised them so much (to a 4.54 GPA) that he “was the salutatorian at his graduation, an honor given to the student with the second highest GPA in the school.”
Below is the speech he gave as the salutatorian, in which he says “I changed for the better, learning what it meant to be a student at PVHS and taking initiative in completing assigned work. … Well, sort of,”
Police who raided his dorm room also found a stolen LCD television set and equipment for printing fake driver’s licenses.