Hacker Mom Arrested for Changing Kids' Grades
Catherine Venusto faces up to 42 years in prison.
Catherine Venusto, 45, has been arrested for allegedly hacking into computers at Pennsylvania's Northwestern Lehigh School District to change her children's grades. Venuto worked for the district from 2008 to 2011.
"She has been accused of changing her daughter's failing grade from an F to an M for 'medical' in June 2010, and then changing her son's 98 to a 99 in February 2012, nearly a year after she quit her job as an administrative office secretary to work at another school district," writes ABC News' Sydney Lupkin.
"She allegedly used the superintendent's username and password 110 times to access grade books, read officials' emails, and change her children's [grades]," writes Business Insider's Meredith Galante. "It is thought the privacy of at least 10 users [was] compromised."
"When state police detectives interviewed Venusto ... she admitted changing the grades and also admitted using the superintendent’s passwords to gain access to district emails and personnel files, according to court records," write The Morning Call's Manuel Gamiz Jr. and Marion Callahan. "Venusto said she logged on to the district’s computer system, even after she had left her job as a secretary for the district, out of 'curiosity and boredom,' according to court records."
"All told, Venusto faces six charges of unlawful use of a computer, computer trespassing, and altering data -- each one a third degree felony," writes Gawker's Neetzan Zimmerman. "If convicted, Venusto could spend up to 42 years behind bars and be forced to pay $90,000 in fines."