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Tutor arrested in grade-hacking scheme

Tutor arrested in grade-hacking scheme
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If this story were made into a tv show, I can imagine a commercial trailer with the narrator saying, " ... and a tutor who will stop at nothing to make sure his students make the grade."

Of course, is there any way a 29 year-old man - one stupid enough to hack into a high school network to change a few grades - wouldn't get stopped by the authorities? For Timothy Lai, a private tutor for students in Corona del Mar, CA, poor judgement could cost him nearly to six years in the jail. He is charged with one felony count of burglary and four felony counts of computer access fraud.

A student had notified authorities that Lai had asked him to install a USB keylogger (a device that records keystrokes) to a teacher's computer. It turns out, Lai actually did the job with no accomplices - breaking into a campus building and placing the keylogger himself. Eventually, his bad judgement caught up with him as a search warrant was served at his home and vehicle.

Prosecutors say he fled the country before authorities could reach him.

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