Students Hacked into Computer System of Haddonfield High School
In Southern New Jersey, a number of students of Haddonfield Memorial High School are being investigated because of charges against them of breaking into the computer system of the school.
The hack came into light during the last days of March 2010. Consequently, the offending students, whose names haven't been disclosed, are under police custody as well as under the direction of the Office of Camden County Prosecutor.
According to the Haddonfield Memorial High School officials, the students managed the breach with a particular type of keystroke logging software that seized username and password of the user whosoever logged into specific PCs at the institution.
The officials also said that having collected that data, offenders acquired unlawful admission into an internal computer that stored attendance, class schedules and post grades of the school. It also contained the home assignment status, which students and parents could view.
Following the incident, Haddonfield Memorial High School Principal Michael Wilson contacted parents and their children over e-mail saying that the accused students hacked into 200 accounts out of a total 2,000 with which the particular PC at the institution could be accessed, as per the news published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 25, 2010.
Reportedly, on March 23, 2010, authorities discovered the breach when an employee at the school found a student who was attempting to view something that was forbidden as a rule.
As stated by Mr. Wilson, students and guardians must reset passwords that access the said computer. Similarly, they must also reset their passwords with which private e-mail accounts may have been logged into via the computer network of the school during the third week of March 2010.
According to Steve Weinstein, Board of Education President, the intrusion is indeed serious and methods to safeguard the system are being explored so there isn't a repetition of the same, as per the news published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 25, 2010.
Besides, according to the experts, often use of School PC has been debated, especially following a recent row at the Lower Merion High School. There, the school staff traced down laptops the institution provided to students by accessing them remotely. This situation, however, isn't evident in Haddonfield.
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