Police: Technion Student Posed as Lecturer to Get Exam Questions

Student allegedly e-mailed the dean from the computer of one of his lecturers.

A Technion student was arrested for allegedly accessing a lecturer’s e-mail account in order to ask that his faculty’s dean send him exam questions, police said.

The fourth-year mechanical engineering student at the Technion − Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa allegedly e-mailed the dean from the computer of one of his lecturers.

The Technion campus in Haifa.
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The student, 26, from Ramat Hasharon, has been detained. He is not cooperating with the police investigation and has maintained his right to remain silent. He is scheduled to appear in the Haifa Magistrate’s Court this morning for a remand hearing.

The head of the Haifa district fraud squad, Superintendent Aharon Galor, said that when the dean received the e-mail, he immediately suspected something was not right, because teachers do not usually request test questions. The dean contacted the lecturer, who said he knew nothing about the e-mail, Galor said.

Officials at the Technion suspect the student also hacked into other university information systems, and therefore turned to the police, Galor said. The police investigation led to the suspect.

The Technion confirmed that an investigation was underway, but declined to comment further.

Galor said hacking has become more common in recent years, and is keeping fraud investigators quite busy.

Two months ago, the head of the Nazareth-based Arabic weekly Kul al-Arab was arrested along with a technician for allegedly hacking databases and e-mails at the rival weekly Al-Sinara.