Student accused of hacking into computer to change grade

A student at the University of Central Florida is in trouble with the law.

Authorities say he hacked into his professor’s computer to change a failing grade into a passing one.

UCF police says it has video that shows two students, just after midnight on May 5th, walking a hallway in the math and science building on campus.

That’s right around the same time an engineering professor says he got an email alert that a grade had been changed in his grading program…except he didn’t change it.

The grade was for engineering student Sami Ammar, who the professor says was getting an “F” in his class.

He says he only completed one assignment all semester.

The professor says the grade was changed to a “B”.

UCF police tell News 6 they got a hold of the IP address that was used to make the change, and they tracked it down to a classroom in the math and science building, Room 306.

Investigators say they looked at the surveillance video from that time in the building and made a connection.

They say Sami Ammar is the student in the t-shirt in this shot.

And they say they saw him and his friend, Samuel Williams, walking out of Room 306.

Last week, UCF police questioned Ammar and, this afternoon, they say he turned himself in to the Orange County Jail and posted his $1,000 bond almost immediately.

Ammar is charged with accessing a computer without authority.

Authorities have identified the second man in the video but have not been able to speak with him.

The other man’s father told police that he would be leaving for California soon and could not speak with them. That man is not facing charges.


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