Santa Clara High Students Hack Into School's Computers

Several students at a top-rated public high school in Santa Clara County are facing disciplinary action for allegedly hacking into the school's computer system to get a sneak peek of their upcoming final exams.

A school district official says the Monte Vista High School students got into the system with an Internet program that targets Windows-based networks and allowed them to find out the school's passwords.

Along with tests, the students were able to access to classmates' work and homework assignments.

Monte Vista High Principal April Scott would not say how many students were involved or how they will be disciplined.

The security breach was discovered in a decidedly low-tech fashion. A student not involved in the episode found a list of passwords written on a piece of paper in the library and turned them over to the librarian.

Information from: San Jose Mercury News,

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AP-NY-12-16-07 1302EST

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