April 6, 2009
High-tech cheaters jailed in China
Eight Chinese who used high-tech communications equipment, including mobile phones and wireless earpieces, to help their children cheat at university entrance exams have been jailed on state secret charges, local media said, reports Yahoo! Tech (cf also article in the BBC).
The eight, from the wealthy eastern province of Zhejiang, got together in 2007 to plot how to help their children as "they knew their achievements were not ideal," the official Legal Daily said.
One of the parents hired university students to provide answers which were sent to the children via wireless earphones while they were in the exam room, the report said.
But their ruse was discovered after police detected "abnormal radio signals" near the school, the newspaper said.
The parents were given jail terms ranging from six months to three years after being found guilty of illegally obtaining state secrets, it added, without saying what happened to their children.
Links to articles on the largest student cheating scandal to date, which occured in South Korea:
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