Hack to Prove Enrollment

By: Tonya Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA Educational Psychology

Computer information systems in the education sector remain susceptible to hacking by insiders and outsiders. Most often for financial gain, and for other times just to change a grade from “F” to “B.”

Reasons why the incident at the University of Central Florida raises heightened alarms are, “the professor said he recognized [Sami Adel] Ammar’s name because he had only completed one assignment all semester, and that that assignment wasn’t for a grade, but to prove he enrolled in the class for financial aid” (see line #6).

As mentioned in previous posts on this Blog, student financial aid represents a  $1.1 trillion program funded at the taxpayers expense prone to waste, mismanagement and abuse. It is time for stricter oversight. Our national security could be at stake.

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Tonya J. Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA, Certified K-12 Administrator and School Psychologist is author of Fraud in Education: Beyond the Wrong Answer and president of Shared Knowledge, LLC http://ishareknowledge.com

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