College entrance exam fraud using smart glasses referred to prosecutors

A teenager was brought before prosecutors Thursday for allegedly using camera-equipped smart glasses to cheat on college entrance exams by taking photos of the questions and sharing them with outside observers.

The 18-year-old, who took exams at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo in February, allegedly asked several people in advance via person in electronic payments for their assistance during the exam. exams, according to police.

Photo taken on May 16, 2024 at a Tokyo police station shows a pair of smart glasses equipped with a camera that were allegedly used by a teenager to cheat on Waseda University entrance exams. (Kyodo)

“I regret my bad behavior, which was worse than cheating,” the man, who was ultimately not admitted, was quoted by police as saying, explaining that he had written his answers based on the answers that he had received.

According to the university, those who provided the answers were unaware that the test questions came from real entrance exams.

The man, a student at a Tokyo high school at the time of the alleged events, is suspected of having obstructed the operation of the private university by taking images of exam papers and publishing them on X with his smartphone on February 16 during the entrance test. for the School of Creative Sciences and Engineering.

The smart glasses were able to send the images to his smartphone, hidden in a pocket of his pants, according to police.

Photo taken on May 15, 2024, shows a campus of Waseda University in Tokyo. An 18-year-old man took photos of private school entrance exam questions and leaked them during an exam in February, allegedly using smart glasses and a communications device, police said. investigative sources on May 15. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The university contacted police after an official noticed a small camera in the frame of his glasses while he was taking another exam at the university’s business school on February 21.

Waseda University said on its website on Thursday that it had filed a criminal complaint with police amid concerns that similar cheating could occur at other universities, in addition to difficulties in shedding light on the incident through an internal investigation.

“We will respond harshly and seek to maintain fair and equitable environments for entry testing,” he said.

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