Click here to Skip to main content
13,866,278 members

Survey Results

A friend fails a school exam and you find the exam system trivially hackable. Would you change their marks?

Survey period: 11 Sep 2017 to 18 Sep 2017

Assume it takes 30 seconds to get into the system and you'd never get caught doing so. 1 = No way, Never. 5 = Absolutely I would.

OptionResponses Avg  
A primary school exam1,1551.67
A high school exam1,1551.67
A college / university exam1,1551.60
A post-grad exam1,1551.55



 
GeneralMake it more interesting without the hacking Pin
kmoorevs15-Sep-17 10:11
memberkmoorevs15-Sep-17 10:11 
GeneralI have and probably could not resist to do it again. Pin
CodeWraith14-Sep-17 12:12
memberCodeWraith14-Sep-17 12:12 
GeneralNo, with a caveat Pin
A_Griffin14-Sep-17 9:37
memberA_Griffin14-Sep-17 9:37 
GeneralNo... and why Pin
Tim Carmichael14-Sep-17 6:30
memberTim Carmichael14-Sep-17 6:30 
GeneralRe: No... and why Pin
MacSpudster15-Sep-17 7:06
professionalMacSpudster15-Sep-17 7:06 
GeneralD'oh! Pin
jackbrownii13-Sep-17 8:52
professionaljackbrownii13-Sep-17 8:52 
GeneralI can vote twice? Pin
GKP199213-Sep-17 6:51
professionalGKP199213-Sep-17 6:51 
GeneralRe: I can vote twice? Pin
wmjordan17-Sep-17 15:17
professionalwmjordan17-Sep-17 15:17 
GeneralPointless Pin
john morrison leon12-Sep-17 23:09
memberjohn morrison leon12-Sep-17 23:09 
GeneralKobayashi Maru Pin
CoderGirl4212-Sep-17 12:56
memberCoderGirl4212-Sep-17 12:56 
GeneralRe: Kobayashi Maru Pin
OriginalGriff14-Sep-17 5:21
protectorOriginalGriff14-Sep-17 5:21 
GeneralRe: Kobayashi Maru Pin
CoderGirl4215-Sep-17 8:49
memberCoderGirl4215-Sep-17 8:49 
GeneralTwo words - Hell No Pin
Erik Burd12-Sep-17 7:45
professionalErik Burd12-Sep-17 7:45 
GeneralInteresting trend Pin
Dar Brett12-Sep-17 6:00
memberDar Brett12-Sep-17 6:00 
GeneralRe: Interesting trend Pin
Chris Maunder12-Sep-17 10:35
adminChris Maunder12-Sep-17 10:35 
GeneralRe: Interesting trend Pin
wmjordan17-Sep-17 15:19
professionalwmjordan17-Sep-17 15:19 
GeneralFake Poll? Pin
Peter Leow12-Sep-17 5:39
professionalPeter Leow12-Sep-17 5:39 
GeneralDepends Pin
Karthik_Mahalingam12-Sep-17 4:25
mveKarthik_Mahalingam12-Sep-17 4:25 
QuestionRe: Depends Pin
ZurdoDev13-Sep-17 10:28
professionalZurdoDev13-Sep-17 10:28 
AnswerRe: Depends Pin
Karthik_Mahalingam13-Sep-17 17:45
mveKarthik_Mahalingam13-Sep-17 17:45 
GeneralNo way Pin
ravithejag12-Sep-17 3:23
memberravithejag12-Sep-17 3:23 
GeneralOf course not Pin
Gary Wheeler12-Sep-17 3:09
memberGary Wheeler12-Sep-17 3:09 
GeneralBeen there, (not) done that Pin
Member 798912212-Sep-17 1:35
memberMember 798912212-Sep-17 1:35 
I have been in a situation closely resembling the situation described: In my student days, long ago in the age of the big mainframes, the results from all exams were stored on the same big Univac as we used for our excercises. We were a group of five students who discovered that the files holding the exam results did not have any access key protection; anyone knowing their location could read or modify them..

For a period of about two weeks, while exam results were flowing in, this was the primary location of the results, before they were moved to a permanent database. If we had changed the results in those files, the permanent, official records would have been changed. We could have done so, but did not.

Rather, we went to the regional newspaper, which made a story about how poorly protected this information is, and how changing it could affect the students for the rest of their lives, e.g. which job offers they might get in the the future, the access to higher studies etc.

The University got really p... at us for gossiping, and we later learned that the University Council had been discussing at length whether we should be expelled from the University (we were not, and we didn't know that it had been considered until much later).

At that time, "whistleblowers" didn't have any legal protection. Today they do, and I believe that if it had happened today, and we had been expelled, we could take the case to court and have the expelling declared illegal.

Behind closed doors, the guys at the computer center thanked us: For years, they had tried to compel the University administration to add access keys to the files, but the secretaries thought it too cumbersome specifying that key every time they opened the file. After our revealing actions, they did add keys, though. But half a year later, for the files with the next set of exam results, the access keys were omitted. We chose to keep quiet about it. Maybe we shouln't have.
GeneralNo way ... Pin
Ralf Meier11-Sep-17 22:04
professionalRalf Meier11-Sep-17 22:04 
GeneralNope, nope, nope and all the way nope Pin
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan11-Sep-17 14:09
mveAfzaal Ahmad Zeeshan11-Sep-17 14:09 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Praise Praise    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.


Advertise | Privacy | Cookies | Terms of Service
Web01 | 2.8.190214.1 | Last Updated 10 Aug 2007
Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2019
All Rights Reserved.
Layout: fixed | fluid