CYBER CORNER FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25

Posted 2 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Pershing Hill Elementary School ribbon-c by Fort Meade, on Flickr

IN THE NEWS: H.S. STUDENT CHARGED WITH CHANGING GRADES ON SCHOOL COMPUTER

ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey have charged a high school student with using a school computer to change the grades and attendance records of some of his classmates. Officials from the Essex County Prosecutor’s office and the Orange Police Department say the teenager is charged with multiple counts of computer theft for unlawfully accessing and altering data — and hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors say the investigation began when school officials noticed an unauthorized user had gotten into the school’s computer system — and contacted police. The student, a sophomore, was arrested and charged late last week and released on his own recognizance.

IN THE NEWS: GIANT TETRIS GAME SETS RECORD

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A big bonus for the designer of a giant Tetris game. Drexel University professor Frank Lee has earned the Guinness World Record for largest architectural video game display. It’s his second foray into the record books; he set the previous mark for the largest Tetris game.

Lee and two colleagues created a computer program to play the classic shape-fitting puzzle on two sides of a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia. They used hundreds of lights in the glass facades of the Cira Centre. The screens totaled nearly 120,000 square feet — and dozens of Tetris fans played the game using a joystick about a mile away from the building.

ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK BURGLAR CAUGHT

CYBERSPACE (AP) — He was Facebook savvy — but apparently not so wise in the ways of criminality. Police in Minnesota didn’t need a much in the way of CSI skills to track down the person who broke into a house in South St. Paul.

First, the burglar logged into the homeowner’s computer to check out his Facebook page — then forgot to log out. Then he agreed to meet up with the homeowner to get back the wet clothes he left behind at the scene of the crime. The crime victim says the burglar has to be the “world’s dumbest criminal.”

IN STORES: GOOGLE DEVELOPER CONFERENCE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There is a developer conference going on in San Francisco today and tomorrow. And during it, the people at Google will be showing off some of the ideas they hope will nudge you in the direction of their products. The event is expected to show how Google’s Android operating system can be integrated into things like cars, homes and smartwatches — monitoring everything from appliances to wearable tech and health related devices. Google’s event comes as the company tries to make further inroads smartphones and tablet computers — even as it holds the rank of the world’s top search engine.