Ca: Hacker wreaks havoc on Thames board website

Norman De Bono reports:

A computer hacker breached security on the Thames Valley District school board’s website, meaning marks and timetables for 27,000 students – a small city of teenagers – could be accessed.

The board has called in police and said the system was shut down “within an hour,” with no chance marks could have been altered.

But there are other concerns now, since many students use their passwords for other purposes.

“There has been a security breach regarding portals and passwords posted on the Internet. We have shut it down. But our concern now is if any student used that same password for something else,” aid Valerie Nielsen, the board’s superintendent of education in charge of information technology.

The board found the system had been hacked Wednesday when passwords for all high school student portals – each high school has one – were posted to a link off a Facebook page.

Read more in the London Free Press.

It sounds like there’s already been some juvenile misuse of the information, as indicated by reports of a Facebook account being tampered with.

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