A court in the town of A Estrada Pontevedra has sentenced four months in prison and a fine of 480 euros to two students of an institute for to hack computers of several teachers. They installed a software that gave access to the passwords of their emails to know the questions of the exams that were disclosed by a group of WhatsApp.
Both defendants reached an agreement with the Prosecutor's Office after confessing the facts, which led to a sentence of compliance for the crimes of illegal interception of computer data and disclosure of secrets. None will serve the sentence as the penalty is less than two years and have no criminal record.
The hack It was denounced by the management of the IES Manuel García Barros in March of 2017 when anomalies were detected in the terminals as strange coincidences in student examinations where the answers were copied at random, including also the failures. It was the first case discovered until then in an educational center in Galicia in which there had been a theft of passwords and violation of the privacy of teachers.
Although the investigations of the Civil Guard found that the objective of the espionage was to know the questions of the examinations, the authors of the hack They could access confidential data from teachers. A situation that showed the weakness of the corporate system implemented by the Ministry of Education for teachers, and that forced the Xunta to review its security.
The Judicial Police of the Civil Guard in charge of the case came to arrest five students and implicate eight who were in the last year of the institute, all suspected of having had access to the private accounts of 27 professors for which they were investigated by the court.
The detainees, at least between February and May 2017, were able to indiscriminately check the contents of the emails hacked. Nor can it be ruled out that they could enter the virtual classrooms of the teaching staff and access the XADE of the Xunta, the administrative management program of the educational centers with profiles and qualifications of the students, according to the inquiries.
Closed the investigation, the investigating judge decreed the file of the case regarding six of the students investigated for lack of evidence. The same did not happen for the other two involved in the installation of software spy Keylloger with which they obtained sensitive information from the teachers when accessing the passwords of the emails.
One of the students investigated has recognized that "he did not install the program but he did know that it was installed, that he made only two entries to check that it worked and to see the notes of a subject, but he did not access data on his private life. of any professor or divulged any data of those obtained ", according to the judicial investigation.
The other student also involved said that "he knew the installation of the system software but he did not participate in its installation, despite the fact that he accessed several teacher accounts out of curiosity, but did not disclose personal data. "