Sunday, April 12, 2015

Crime: Arrested for Potential Wrongdoing

"Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done," said Pasco, FL County Sher. Chris Nocco.

In what is being called an "act of hacking," Domanik Green used a teacher's password to access a school computer and plant "inappropriate pictures," including setting a homosexual desktop wallpaper, according to Tampa Bay Times. Said computer is also reported to contain answers to the state standardized tests.

Using someone else's password is hardly hacking, while it is certainly an unapproved and abuse of school property and materials. Hacking generally involves compromising the security of the system via vulnerabilities in the hardware or software, and entering in a pre-existing system password just doesn't do that.

The teacher whose account was breached (a valid term, not indicative of "hacking") remains unnamed and apparently is not being reprimanded for using poor security practices, including using a simple password and entering it into a terminal while being observed by students. For a system that hosts state-wide standardized test answers, such negligence should be due serious consequences.

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