By Peter Schworm
August 26, 2008
A junior at Needham High School posted students' schedules and
identification numbers and teachers' classroom rosters on his Facebook
account after hacking into an online student information system, school
officials said yesterday.
In an e-mail sent yesterday morning to high school parents, principal
Paul Richards and the district's superintendent, Dan Gutekanst, said the
student admitted he had obtained and posted the information after
learning part of a teacher's password, then developing a program to
penetrate the system. The student posted the information as an Excel
file that was e-mailed among other students.
"As you might imagine, this is a serious breach of our system and will
require significant work to determine how to prevent this from happening
again," stated the e-mail to parents.
Students who accessed the information notified school officials about
the breach, and Richards talked to the alleged hacker. The student did
not alter any information, Richards said. School officials did not
release the boy's name.
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