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Students' hacking prank leads to arrest

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., July 26 (UPI) -- Two students at a California state college have been charged with hacking into a professor's computer account, rerouting his e-mail and changing grades.

Lena Chen and Jennifer Ngan, students at Cal State Northridge who shared an apartment, also allegedly ordered magazine subscriptions, pizzas and blank compact discs for the professor, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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"They felt the professor was unfair, and it was on behalf of all the students," Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, told the newspaper. "They were trying to be college pranksters."

Chen allegedly admitted changing grades for almost 300 students. Ngan, who had been getting a D-plus in political institutions, had her grade upped to an A, the Times said.

Mateljan said that Chen confessed to the hacking, saying that she was able to change the professor's password by answering a routine security inquiry.

The pair have been charged with misdemeanor accessing computers illegally. They could be sentenced to a year in prison if convicted. Arraignment was set for Aug. 21, the Times said.

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