Canadian teen charged with school board hack
Young hacker faces trial in juvenile court
A 15-year-old who allegedly broke into a school board website before exposing the passwords of 27,000 fellow schoolchildren has been charged with computer hacking offences.
The unnamed Ontario youngster from the Thames Valley area had earlier claimed that he had only carried out the hack to expose the board's weak security.
He said he had purposely chosen to break into the student portal, where marks and timetables were revealed but no changes could be made.
The teen faces four charges, including using a password to commit a computer offence and fraudulently obtaining computing services. Assuming the case proceeds, the youngster is likely to face trial in a juvenile court. ®
Exposing the passwords?
Did they store the passwords unencrypted? If so it's them that needs the swift kick.
He's a school child, by definition he is not old enough to know better or be responsible. Schools who resort to the legal system to enforce school discipline have lost the plot.
When I was that age I got caught doing far worse to school computers just for the hell of it. I got detention and banned from the computer room for a few weeks.
Is there a Boy Scout's badge for this?
As a juvenile he will get kissed by the judge.
Those who should be fired and charged are the incompetent 'experts' who draw massive salaries and can't even secure a server.