Politic365

 
 


Culture

1:15pm August 2, 2012

Mom Does Ferris Beuller Impression: Hacks School Computers to Change Grades

ferris1

Remember when Ferris stole the school passwords and changed his grades (as well as his hot girlfriend Sloane’s) at the beginning of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? I was a kid when I saw that movie and always thought that not only was it cool he could change grades (through a COMPUTER) but that even if he got caught he should’ve been given extra credit for being creative.

Of  course that was the 80’s when hacking was cute and funny (let’s ignore War Games for a minute) as opposed to today when hacking will get you sent to jail or on the FBI’s most wanted list. And while nothing that extreme happened with Catherine Venusto it’s safe to say that she’s learned her lesson about hacking.

Venusto, a 45 year old mom and former secretary in Northwestern Lehigh School District in Pennsylvania decided that she was going to doing her own Ferris Bueller impression earlier this year. She stole the grading passwords from the Superintendent of her school district and used them to change a failing grade for her daughter into a medical exception and bump up her son’s grade from a 98 to a 99.

Needless to say she was finally caught after an investigation was started this past February and even though Venusto had left the school district for another job with QVC in 2011 she was still arrested and released on $30,000 bond for various unlawful computer use and computer trespass charges.

While the crime this woman committed was clearly illegal, her lack of skill in executing the crime is almost worse. Who in their right mind would risk jail-time to change their son’s grade from a 98 to a 99? That’s like breaking into a bank to re-count the money and then leaving. However, there is a larger issue here about campus and high-school security. There is all sorts of personal information that is kept filed about students their families, medical histories and the like and most of it honestly is not kept in a particularly secure fashion.

I can attest that as a college professor it is disturbingly easy to get access to a student’s personal records that are really not the business of anyone other than their immediate instructors, and I know there is even less security at the highschool level. While Catherine Venusto is just a crack-pot helicopter parent who wanted to bolster her kid’s chances, she could’ve just as easily been some crazed cheerleading Mom out to destroy her daughter’s biggest rival. Public school systems might want to do a better job of keeping the Mommy Beuller’s of the world off out of the grading files no matter how innocuous the crime may seem at first.



About the Author

Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson





 
 

 
11-022514-AfAmSens-214

Sen. Cory Booker Drops Bill to Sack NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status

Soooo… the NFL is a “non profit” that makes $9 billion a year.  Now Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is wondering what Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has brought up a trillion times before… Why does the NFL have tax...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
2

 
 
LatinoVote

SCOTUS Moves to Make Sure People in Ohio Can’t Vote Too Early

What did five members of the U.S. Supreme Court do yesterday?  They made sure that voters in Ohio have sss days to vote instead of xxx to vote.  They made sure that no one could vote the Sunday before election day.  They mad...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 
 
1382368961000-AP-CORRECTION-TCA-Sean-Combs-Revolt-TV

What A Difference A Week Can Make

              Call it good PR, calculated business maneuvering, serendipity or maybe all of the above but things are looking up for REVOLT TV. If you Googled “Revolt TV” a little over a we...
by Politic365 Staff
0

 

Advertisement
 
vote1

#Videos: Freedom Sundays Black Vote Effort, $250,000 Spent on Kickoff

#FreedomSundays: Last Friday, Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, CBC PAC Chair Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced their plans to get out t...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
cleaver2

Black Caucus Announces Plan to Boost the Black Vote for 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH), CBCPAC Chair Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced their plans to boost black voter turnout for the midterms.   They were joi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 




2 Comments


  1. [...] Mom Does Ferris Beuller Impression: Hacks School Computers to Change Grades – Politic365Google News wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptMom Does Ferris Beuller Impression: [...]


  2. を取得 するの方向 特定の ヤード、60 分 トートバッグ これを訪問。場合 あなたが持っている、 散財するお金 大文字と小文字 若い女性の両親はゲームし 特別 ギフトが保証されて を置く 彼女の顔に笑顔 、おそらく 彼女自身の で胃。これは 効率的 初心者のための下水道のためのプロジェクトと 可能性があります 完成品 ちょうど 2 つで
    時間以下。



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>