Morrisville teen charged in Panther Creek hacking incident appears in court

Saivamsi Hanumanthu in court on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – A 17-year-old Morrisville teen who’s facing felony charges in connection with an October 2015 computer hacking incident at Panther Creek High School appeared before a judge Thursday.

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Saivamsi Hanumanthu was charged Wednesday with felony accessing government computers, felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor accessing government computers.

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The charges stem from an Oct. 13, 2015, 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.

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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. His next court date is Feb. 25.

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