A Zimbabwean student who was arrested for hacking into a university database to alter his results will represent his country at a computer technology summit in April.
The computer whiz has had his bail conditions altered this week so that he can attend the event in Switzerland.
Tatenda Chinyamakobvu has seen his police reporting conditions relaxed and his passport returned by a magistrate in the northern town of Chinhoyi.
This will allow the 20-year-old to prepare for the #Hack4SmartSustainableCities conference in Geneva in April.
The student was arrested this week on charges of hacking into the database of the Chinhoyi University of Technology to give himself a pass in a course he’d failed.
The state-run Herald said the system breach was only discovered last month, leading to Chinyamakobvu’s arrest.
The student is alleged to have received payment for altering the results of seven other students who had failed courses.
A Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) student hacked into the university’s Examination Results database and forged results for himself and seven other students who had failed their semester exams last year.
The student received varying amounts in United States dollars from the students who had failed in courses such as financial management, commercial law, computer organisation and architecture and operating systems among others. Some of the students had failed multiple courses and paid amounts ranging from US$20 and US$80. The 20-year-old student also altered his August to December 2018 results where he was supposed to rewrite a failed course and went on to proceed with his studies.
He is currently in Level 2.2 at the university and allegedly accessed the CUT Examination Computer Database Server using a Python Script called SQLMap.