OR: Search warrant documents student’s computer hacking

More details have emerged on the North Eugene High School, Oregon breach. Karen McCowan reports:

A 16-year-old former North Eugene High School student — accused of illegally accessing and posting a spreadsheet last month that contained the confidential information of thousands of Eugene students — was caught in late 2011 using an administrative password to access private records of his fellow North students, according to a police officer’s sworn statement to obtain a search warrant in the case.

Officials at the school confronted the boy, then 15, and he admitted borrowing a school laptop, connecting its hard drive to another computer and running a “brute force hacking program” to obtain the security password, according to a July 11 affidavit by the school’s resource officer, Renee Tobler. The search warrant became a public record Tuesday in Lane County Circuit Court.

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