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The crazy tech Thai students used to cheat

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:17PM EST
Cheating Students

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With consumer electronics products becoming smaller and increasingly more powerful over the years, students have started to come up with any number of clever ways to discreetly cheat on exams. You might recall, for instance, that a group of 50 students at an elite High School in New York were caught up in a massive cheating ring that centered on slyly taking photos of exams ahead of time.

In the most recent instance of technology creatively being used for cheating purposes, a group of students taking an entrance exam for medical school in Thailand were caught using an elaborate system that relied upon smartwatches and hidden cameras embedded in eyeglasses.

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According to Reuters, the scheme involved three groups of students, one equipped with smartwatches, another with the aforementioned glasses and another group located away from the testing location. The scheme worked as follows: The group with the advanced glasses sat down for the exam and took photos of the exam. They then left the exam room on the early side whereupon they promptly sent the questions to a group outside the testing location. This group then looked over the questions and came up with answers that they then communicated to a group of test takers wearing smartwatches.

The exam proctors reportedly became suspicious after noticing some students wearing curiously large glasses, photos of which you can see above.

Upon learning of the cheating scheme, officials at Rangsit University cancelled the medical school entrance exam for all students in order to get a handle on the situation. The exam has since been rescheduled and the cheating students have been “blackballed” from the school.

A few additional photos of the gadgets students were using to cheat follow below.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.


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