LA students breach school iPads' security

Sep 25, 2013

Los Angeles school officials have halted home use of iPads after nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High made quick work of hacking through security so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.

The Los Angeles Times reports just a week after getting the school-issued Apple tablets, the students discovered they could easily delete their personal profile information, giving them greater access to the iPads' capabilities.

Roosevelt was among the first to distribute iPads, as part of a $1 billion roll-out that was to put a tablet in the hands of every student in the nation's second-largest school system within a year.

Now that's on hold as officials look for ways to make sure students use the iPads for school work only.

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rc_yvr
not rated yet Sep 25, 2013
It shows creativity and focus. I would have expected nothing less of those students.

So, rather than penalizing them, set the best of them the task of making the iPads they were given bullet-proof. Give the top ten students/teams with the best results, full scholarships to the California university of their choice.

For the top result, implement it state wide and give that student(s) a full scholarship to any university anywhere they want. That would foster higher learning.
jscroft
1 / 5 (8) Sep 25, 2013
And that would personally benefit state bureaucrats exactly how?
JohnGee
1.6 / 5 (7) Sep 25, 2013
That's nothing. A friend and I hacked our highscool's drug test selection program in order to exempt anyone who was willing to pay us $40. For $100, you could make it so someone you didn't like would be selected every time.

Surprisingly, the football team did really well that year.

As far as I know, they are still using the same program, lol.
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Sep 26, 2013
Spend a bit more of that $1 billion on IT security. I'd be curious if they hired someone for the task - if so, who? So the rest of us know who to avoid.
Humpty
1.4 / 5 (9) Sep 27, 2013
Why bother with the nazi-surveillance bullshit?

They are busy fucking and masturbating and the web and the big wide world is filled with people doing LIFE and SEX, and these idiot schoolie managers are saying, "Ohhhhh gotta restrict them from accessing porn sites, and doing everything else that everyone else is doing.

It's a tool - get over it.

The fact that they are dumb enough to buy Ipoods in the first place says something and then locking them down - and then pissing and carrying on when the users derestrict the devices.

If I was stuck in some shit hole of academia - I'd BYOD - using Linux, just to spite them and their nazi-corporate bullshit.