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Kid Hackers.. Felons or Exceptional Students?

2005-06-25 14:07:56.659795+00 by meuon 3 comments

HS Students 'Hack' iBooks because someone leaked the 'secure' password. School system declares it "Computer Trespass" - a 3rd degree felony.

So they gave kids these wonderful tools to learn with and about, set up some reasonable (but not insurmountable) technical obstacles, and when they figure out how to tinker under the hood you CHARGE THEM? WTF!?! - This is what school is about, give smart kids a good challenge with tangible rewards (downloading music, customizing, playing games..) and when they beat you at your own game, they should be rewarded. Slap them on the wrist, put better security on their iBooks, and give them an extra A+ grade in computer science. - And watch them bust the system again.. THESE will be the highly paid consultants, the engineers, the programmers, the problem solvers that this country needs to compete in the future after our shortsighted outsourcing of low end tech jobs to other countries creates a powerful competitor for world technology prowess.

Hint 1: generate a unique password for each system based on some bizarre math and crypto involving the serial # or the students name... and dare them to crack it.

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#Comment Re: Kid Hackers.. Felons or Exceptional Students? made: 2005-06-25 21:28:22.394437+00 by: Jack William Bell

You seem to be laboring under the misconception that schools exist to teach kids and to reward those who can learn the best.

Far from it I'm afraid. Schools today exist mostly to house children during the day and enforce conformity to certain 'progressive' social standards. The other level of conformity (cliques, bullying, etc.) occur mostly as an unintended side-effect.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-25 22:41:24.556334+00 by: meuon

I am one with my delusions, aren't I?

#Comment Re: Kid Hackers.. Felons or Exceptional Students? made: 2005-06-29 17:01:52.126513+00 by: coolbluecobalt

I'm from the school district in question. There was no "hacking" involved in this case. The students simply learned the administrative password and used it to unlock their computers. Believe me, I know some of the students involved and I doubt they could hack their way out of a paper bag. The password was "50Trexler", the address of the high school, and apparently no one involved had the bright idea of ever changing the password. These kids deserve detention at most, definitely not felony charges