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Teen hacker goes too far

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A TEEN who tried to bump up his grades to an A by hacking into his school’s computer system, accidentally revealed his cunning plan to officials.

It seemed like a good idea; break into the school’s network and change your grade to an A. However, due to a feature in the school’s record keeping software, he actually managed to turn everyone else’s grade into an A.

Then it turned out that by a strange quirk in the districts record keeping software that he managed to also make every kid in the District a certified genius.

Staff at the Natomas Unified School District smelt a rat when they found that they were suddenly teaching 18,697 top scholars, instead of the usual bunch of no-hopers.

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