Timothy Lance Lai, Private Tutor, Wanted by Cops in Corona del Mar High Hacking Scandal

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The Newport Beach Police Department is looking for a private tutor who may have helped Corona del Mar High School honor students hack into school computers.

Timothy Lance Lai, 28, of Irvine, is a "person of interest" in the case where multiple students illegally accessed CdM High's computer system, according to police Sgt. Mark Hamilton.

Hamilton, whose department was informed of the scandal by Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) officials on Tuesday, indicated grades were changed by the student hackers. District officials said separately test answers were obtained as well.

Los Angeles television news stations reported Thursday that Lai allegedly helped students use flash drives to retrieve what they were looking for from school computers. Neither police nor district officials gave an exact number of students suspected of taking part, only indicating it was "several."

In addition to school discipline, those students could face criminal charges, NMUSD spokeswoman Laura Boss told City News Service. She added there is no evidence school teachers or staff members were involved, and school board member Katrina Foley told the news service it appears so far the hacking was confined to CdM High.

Lai is wanted for questioning but police did not know his whereabouts as of Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information on locating him is asked to call Detective David Syvock at 949.644.3771 or Detective Sergeant Doug Jones at 949.644.3775.

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Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I would have them check out all the all-you-can-eat buffets in their search for this person of interest.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

(god damn it, what happened to my comment?  oh well, here it is again.)


School officials are engaged in scapegoating.  How to exploit a pc via usb drive is trivial knowledge (as well as how to defend against it).  Someone at that school needs to get fired for either allowing students access to sensitive systems or getting duped into plugging in a hacked drive.

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