OU student accused of hacking faculty accounts to change grades
NORMAN, Okla. - As school winds down at the University of Oklahoma, most students ramp up efforts to improve their grades.
Student Cyearah Hoursey said, “I talk to the teachers and see what I can do for extra credit.”
But one OU student/employee used his finger tips, not his mind, to alter his transcript.
Cleveland County court records show 25-year-old Raja Hamad is accused of changing the passwords of six OU faculty members.
“He then used those passwords to access the OU network to alter his grades,” according to the arrest warrant.
OU immediately took steps to eliminate access that would allow any further abuse of OU’s systems.
He has also been terminated from employment at the University.
The case has now been turned over to campus police for criminal prosecution.
Hamad is getting no sympathy from fellow students.
Anthony Bullock said, “If you don’t have what it takes to get decent grades in a college setting, go to a tech school or something to be a hacker, don’t come to OU.”
The district attorney is considering felony charges of violating Oklahoma’s Computer Crimes Act.