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Felony charges for 14-year-old prankster

Felony charges for 14-year-old prankster
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One 14-year-old is facing felony charges in Florida for a mean-spirited prank he pulled on his eighth grade teacher's computer.

The boy was able to get his teacher's password by looking over his shoulder as he typed. Big surprise, the password was easy to remember, and fairly easy to guess, too - it was the teacher's last name.

Armed with the password, the boy was able to log into the Pasco County School District school network at an administrator level, without permission. The boy told the Tampa Bay Times:

"I logged into a teacher's computer who I didn't like and tried putting inappropriate pictures onto his computer to annoy him."

That annoyance turned into a felony. After being busted by a substitute teacher, he is now being charged with an offense "against a computer system and unauthorized access."

The network the boy accessed also had sensitive files, such as encrypted FCAT questions (Florida student assessment tests), although the boy denies tampering with these files.

And to make matters worse, this isn't the boy's first offense. He was previously suspended for three days for "accessing the system inappropriately."

However, it is highly unlikely that the 14-year old will face jail time. He has been suspended by the school for 10 days and was released from a local detention center to his mother.

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