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

Tom Jackman reports:

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.


The Fairfax schools’ network security manager reported the breach to police March 22, according to a search warrant affidavit written by Detective Brooke D. Ware. The manager found that most of those targeted worked at Spring Hill Elementary or Churchill Road Elementary schools and that a student’s account at Spring Hill had been enabled with administrator privileges, Ware wrote.

Read more in the Washington Post.

See the update here. This wasn’t a hack.

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