[ISN] Cyber-hacking SI student changed grades from his smartphone: cops

http://nypost.com/2015/02/27/cyber-hacking-si-student-changed-grades-from-his-smartphone-cops/ By Frank Rosario, Erin Calabrese and Natalie O’Neill The New York Post February 27, 2015 He’s pretty brilliant for a kid with bad grades. A tech-savvy Staten Island high-school student who studied advanced computer programming at an NYU camp used his skills to hack into a secure computer system and improve his scores, sources told The Post Thursday. Eric Walstrom, 16, a junior at New Dorp HS, made it past a password barrier and software security system using a computer in the school and set up the network so he could access it from his smartphone, the sources said. Between Dec. 14 and Feb. 9, he pulled up his report cards and transcripts and “changed those grades,” according to a criminal complaint. “You’d think a kid smart enough to hack his school’s computers would already have good grades. Maybe the DOE should hire him to expose weaknesses in their security firewalls,” a law-enforcement source said. […]