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8-year-old skips online classes for 3 weeks using a Zoom 'hack'

The crafty young girl combined her innocent looks, stealth, and some good acting to play virtual hooky from Zoom classes for three whole weeks.

8-year-old skips online classes for 3 weeks using a Zoom 'hack'
Cover Image Source: Twitter/Mike Piccolo

Mike Piccolo couldn't help but feel proud—and a little scared—of his 8-year-old niece when he heard how she ingeniously skipped online classes for weeks by hoodwinking a bunch of unsuspecting adults. The con was so beautifully executed that he took to Twitter to share how the crafty young girl combined her innocent looks, stealth, and some good acting to play virtual hooky from Zoom classes for three whole weeks after figuring out a simple "hack" in the program.



 

 

Here's the now-viral thread that's got Twitter users taking their hats off to the little hustler:

1. A mysterious Zoom glitch



 

2. The teacher is alerted about the technical trouble



 

3. Even the teacher can't figure out what's wrong



 

4. Maybe something's wrong with their internet?



 

5. The Zoom tech support is roped in



 

6. This has to work, right?



 

7. The school's computer teacher gives it a shot



 

8. A precious angel



 

9. The adults give up



 

10. The con unravels



 

11. The walls are closing in



 

12. Uh oh



 

13. How she cracked the code



 

14. Fingers crossed she doesn't pick the dark side



 

Speaking to Bored Panda about his niece's smart antics, Piccolo—a software developer and entrepreneur from Sacramento, California—explained how it all started. "At some point, my niece accidentally entered the wrong password a few times in Zoom. She then went and got my sister who tried to log her in and couldn’t get her back in right away so she got to skip class. My sister didn’t know that my niece accidentally entered the password incorrectly a bunch of times already which is what set up the scheme. In short, the first time was an accident but the light bulb clicked so she tried it again the next day," he said.

As someone who works in the IT industry, Piccolo said he was pretty proud of how his niece figured out the loophole in the program and used it to her advantage. "Luckily for me, I am the uncle so I don't have to worry about disciplining. Uncles get to be on the kid's side. I talk with my sister about once a week, so I was getting updates on the issue before anyone figured it out. It was shocking to hear that it was my niece all along, but it was also incredibly impressive. She was able to pull off skipping school for weeks right under the noses of a bunch of adults who were trying to figure out the issue," Piccolo said.

"I work in the IT field, so her story reminded me of issues I see with user experience, quality assurance, and security. Most people think hacking is deeply technical, but in most cases, it is the combination of a defect or flaw in a system combined with some social component. In this case, the social component was her innocence. 'It can't be the sweet eight-year-old girl'"

"She is a sweet girl, so she hasn't done anything tricky since then. My sister did all of the things a good parent should have done here: grounding, no electronics outside of schoolwork, written apologies to everyone affected, etc." Piccolo said of the aftermath of this ingenious prank. "They were both interviewed recently and they asked my niece if she was going to pull any more hijinx and she answered 'I don't know, maybe.' My sister replied 'What!!?!' I guess we will have to wait and see."

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