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Thu May 17, 2018, 11:11 PM

Bloomfield Students Suspected of Hacking System, Changing Grades and Lunch Refunds

Bloomfield Hills Schools is investigating students suspected of hacking the computer system to change high school grades, alter attendance records and refund lunch purchases.

"Unfortunately, a couple of our students made some poor choices lately, deciding to hack into our student information system, which houses all of our student and family data, and manipulate their personal grades, attendance, and lunch balance information," Supt. Robert Glass emails parents Thursday, adding that the district enlists data experts to investigate.

"Students gained access to the system by exploiting a vulnerability within the system. To be clear, the student information system is now safe and the vulnerability has been resolved.

"We also believe, through carefully collected forensic evidence, to now understand the motivations of the studentsí actions. We believe they intended to improve their own grades and attendance and refund lunch purchases. We also believe they modified similar information of a few other high school students. At this time, we believe approximately twenty students total have had modifications made to their accounts in some fashion."

Read more: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/19858/bloomfield_students_suspected_of_hacking_system_changing_grades_lunch_refunds#.Wv5NXaQvzRY

Update: This reader has a reaction others likely share (besides us, that is):




SamT

@samuelt22223

Replying to @DeadlineDetroit
Somebody's going to want to hire those kids.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 11:21 PM

1. I have to agree with SamT

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 11:36 PM

2. Isn't that theft and criminal activity?

Just wondering if these were black or POC kids in an inner city school would they be excoriated with calls for expulsion and jail time.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2018, 03:30 AM

3. The students may have made poor choices as stated by the

School official, but it appears that the school system likewise made poor choices in protecting their system and the privacy of the information they have a responsibility to maintain. If students are able to access the information, then some serious discussions and questions need to be made about who the devil is running the place.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Fri May 18, 2018, 03:33 AM

4. Yes, they should improve security.

Having the system password as 123456 probably wasn't a good idea.

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