FBI investigating intrusion into university records system to alter grades

The Santa Clara University said about 60 current and former undergraduates had been affected

The computerized records system at Santa Clara University in California was compromised to alter student grades, an official of the university said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified of the intrusion, and the investigation has now reached a stage where it has permitted the university to notify the community of the intrusion, said Michael E. Engh, president of the university in Santa Clara in a statement on Monday.

Unauthorized access to the system between June, 2010 and July, 2011 resulted in grades being altered, affecting a handful of current undergraduate students and approximately 60 former undergraduate students, the university said. It did not provide information on who the intruders may have been.

Engh said there was no evidence to suggest that other personal information of students, staff or faculty had been compromised.

The university said it had examined affected records and was taking steps to restore them to their proper form. This will include contacting individual faculty, students, and former students whose grades may have been altered. The university said it had also enlisted the assistance of outside experts to review its internal processes and data security measures to enhance the integrity of its computer system.

It said it will pursue legal action if appropriate for the unauthorized computer access and grade tampering.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags securitySanta Clara University

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?