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Windows 7: Nine year-old blamed for US school system hack

19 Apr 2010   #1

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Nine year-old blamed for US school system hack

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Youngster uses teacher's login to redraw Blackboard

Police hunting a hacker who had attacked a US school's systems found themselves cornering a "very intelligent" 9 year old instead, it has emerged.

When passwords for teachers at Spring Hill Elementary, Virginia, were changed without authorisation the school board initially thought a hacker had broken into the school district's Blackboard system.

Police were called in to investigate in mid-March and were quickly able to trace the incident back to a PC at the home of a 9 year-old school student.

The youngster's mother was initially chief suspect in the hack but after speaking to her and and her son police came to the surprising conclusion that they were dealing with a 'kindergarden' hacker.

"He's a very intelligent 9-year-old,with no criminal intent," Officer Don Gotthardt, who investigated the case, told The Washington Post.
Nine year-old blamed for US school system hack ? The Register


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19 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If he really was very intelligent he would have use a proxy server to hack the schools account from.

Thanks for posting Kari.
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19 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
If he really was very intelligent he would have use a proxy server to hack the schools account from.

Thanks for posting Kari.
I think the sheer fact that he did it, is impressive enough.
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19 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

How she managed to do is is simply amazing. I see a bright future for her if she doesnt hack anymore.
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19 Apr 2010   #5

7 x64/ Back-Track 4
 
 

Thats some impressive stuff. I see a very bright future for this young kid!
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19 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

All the kid did was see the teachers login name and password and remembered it. That particular teacher had full Administrave privilidges. So all it was was someone knowing a login name and password and not a true hack. LOL But like you all said impressive for a 9 year old. LOL
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19 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

yeah, logging in using details isnt exactly hacking and when people say it is, it kinda boils my tinkle. Crap alot of my old professors used to type in their entire login accidentally (often) into the user name area (on projector...), then I'd just login, fix the network up, clear some spam, add some more learning resources, put a Nes emulator somewhere and doom 1 and 2 for when class was worthless.
Get out.
Then watch as the technicians scratch their heads.

At one point I got punished for it, loud mouthing the entire LOL HAX, WAR GAYMZ crap.
People just find the word hacking alot more powerful, grabs attention, even if they don't know anything about what they are talking about, such is media.
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19 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

This is another example of the fire-drill overreaction folks have to information security. It's a blackboard folks. If the kid took chalk to a physical blackboard you'd have never read about it. The police wouldn't have been called. I think the reaction should have been to write up the IT guy who gave a teacher admin access and write up the teacher for not keeping the password secret. And maybe a detention for the kid. No police should have been called.
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19 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
This is another example of the fire-drill overreaction folks have to information security. It's a blackboard folks. If the kid took chalk to a physical blackboard you'd have never read about it. The police wouldn't have been called. I think the reaction should have been to write up the IT guy who gave a teacher admin access and write up the teacher for not keeping the password secret. And maybe a detention for the kid. No police should have been called.
You must remember that as of the time the police were called, all the teachers knew is that their passwords were hacked. They had no idea who did it, or how.
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19 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
This is another example of the fire-drill overreaction folks have to information security. It's a blackboard folks. If the kid took chalk to a physical blackboard you'd have never read about it. The police wouldn't have been called. I think the reaction should have been to write up the IT guy who gave a teacher admin access and write up the teacher for not keeping the password secret. And maybe a detention for the kid. No police should have been called.
You must remember that as of the time the police were called, all the teachers knew is that their passwords were hacked. They had no idea who did it, or how.
It's still a blackboard at an elementary school. Not a matter of national security.
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