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Zim student who hacked into university database heading to tech summit

The computer whiz, hacking into a university database to alter his results, has had his bail conditions altered this week so that he can attend the event in Switzerland.

Picture: EWN.

HARARE - 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.