Ca: Boy hacked into Catholic school board’s computer

Another Canadian school has been caught with its security pants down, it seems, after some security protections were not reactivated following a server upgrade. Kennedy Gordon reports:

The Catholic school board took action after learning a young hacker had accessed confidential records — action due in part to the boy’s parents.

John Mackle, education director at the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, said the Grade 8 pupil at St. Anne’s School on Bellevue St. in the city’s north end found his way — via his laptop, a piece of downloaded software and the board’s internal network — into a board file server containing provincewide test results.

Read more on the Peterborough Examiner. The incident was reported to parents and to Ontario’s privacy commissioner.

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