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Boy, 9, accused of hacking into Fairfax schools' computer system




Boy, 9, accused of hacking into Fairfax schools' computer system
Boy, 9, accused of hacking into Fairfax schools' computer system



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR2010041404159.html 

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
April 15, 2010 

Are you smarter than a third-grader? Because the online education system 
used by the Fairfax County public schools apparently is not.

Police say a 9-year-old McLean boy hacked into the Blackboard Learning 
System used by the county school system to change teachers' and staff 
members' passwords, change or delete course content, and change course 
enrollment. One of the victims was Fairfax Superintendent Jack D. Dale, 
according to an affidavit filed by a Fairfax detective in Fairfax 
Circuit Court this week.

But police and school officials decided no harm, no foul. The boy did 
not intend to do any serious damage, and didn't, so the police withdrew 
and are allowing the school district to handle the half-grown hacker.

"It's a warning," said Paul Regnier, the Fairfax schools spokesman. "No 
damage was done, but we went to Blackboard to work with them and make 
sure somebody else isn't able to do this and cause real harm." 

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