IT: Faulty file caused Lake Norman High School security breach

It’s nice that the district followed up by publicly disclosing what went wrong.

Preston Spencer reports:

The Lake Norman High student who obtained an administrative password last week did so by using more sophisticated methods than just simply guessing.

Dr. David Blattner, chief technology officer for Iredell-Statesville Schools, said the password, which was spread to six other students who used it to access other students’ computers, was acquired after “a file that was intended to give students the ability to add printers at home did not delete as intended.”

“We have a script that we send out that runs on the computers that does contain the admin password,” Blattner said in an email. “It runs and then deletes itself….The file was made invisible and the script to delete the file was provided by the software manufacturer, but it did not work as designed.”

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