Popular student monitoring software could have exposed thousands to hacks

Mark Keierleber reports:

A monitoring company that thousands of schools used during remote and hybrid learning to ensure students were on task may have inadvertently exposed millions of kids to hackers online, according to a September report by the security software company McAfee.

The research, conducted by the McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team, discovered the bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software, which is used by some 3 million teachers and students across 9,000 school systems globally, including in the U.S. The software allows teachers to monitor and control how students use school-issued computers in real time, block websites, and freeze their computer screens if they’re found to be off task.

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