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Student in Japan accused of remotely altering grades via smartphone

The Niigata Prefectural Police headquarters are seen in Niigata's Chuo Ward. (Mainichi/Yuma Hori)

NIIGATA -- A student from the prefecture of Niigata, northwest of Tokyo, who remotely accessed a teacher's tablet computer with his smartphone to alter his grades has been reported to public prosecutors, investigative sources said.

Niigata Prefectural Police reported the boy, a third-year junior high school student from the Niigata Prefecture city of Nagaoka, to public prosecutors on suspicion of violating the Act on Prohibition of Unauthorized Computer Access, those familiar with the investigation said.

The student has reportedly admitted to the allegations against him. "I wanted to show my parents good grades," he was quoted as saying.

Those familiar with the investigation said the student stole a password to illicitly access a server from his home between September and October this year, and altered his grades.

The school noticed that the server had been illicitly accessed, and notified police, which led to the discovery of the student's actions.

(Japanese original by Aya Iguchi and Hidenori Kitamura Niigata Bureau)

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