CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – A 17-year-old from Morrisville is facing felony charges in connection with an October computer hacking incident at Panther Creek High School in Cary, according to Cary officials.
Saivamsi Hanumanthu was charged with felony accessing government computers, felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor accessing government computers.
The charges stem from an Oct. 13 incident at Panther Creek High School. Police responded to a complaint by administration that someone hacked into the school’s database. During the investigation, police learned that multiple students’ grades and class ranks had been altered.
The school reported that between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9 the database had been “unlawfully accessed” to change or alter six student’s grades. The alterations changed the class rank and GPA of the students.
The charges carry up to 4.5 years of jail time. Hanumanthu was given a $15,000 unsecured bond.