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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