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By Bruce Sussman
Tue | Mar 19, 2019 | 9:52 AM PDT

Orchard View High School is a short drive from Lake Michigan. There is no question about that.

What is curious, however, is what happened to grades of some of the students at the school. Someone managed to hack a system and alter grades and attendance records.

The superintendent posted this short note on Facebook:

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PowerSchool is a K-12 education portal used by districts across the U.S., and it even partners with Code.org. One of the things it touts is the privacy and security of student data:

Parents can rest assured that PowerSchool is a trusted, verified custodian of their children’s data. When a district or school partners with PowerSchool, parents and students are invited into the secure system and enter their information, with their consent. We create secure conventions for how the data is stored.

SecureWorld reached out to PowerSchool for more information.

In the meantime, this question also remains: Were the grades and attendance records upgraded for the hacker's friends, or downgraded for the hacker's enemies?

Either way, it's likely that looking at that type of pattern will give clues as to who hacked the grades at the high school.

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