Crackers into school files.

Crackers into school files.

Post by James Silv » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 07:46:49

Hello All!

The local papers have been much exercised by the fact that a bunch of
junior crackers got into the online grade files at Winston Churchill
High School in Montgomery County. Apparently, they placed USB key stroke
recorders and freebie programs on teachers' computers and thus got the
passwords. Not only did they modify their own grades but they reduced
those of people they disliked.

Tho' it is difficult to get people to change their passwords, are there
not encrypting devices activated by fingerprints and other ways of
achieving greater security?


James Silverton
Potomac, Maryland

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Crackers into school files.

Post by Patrick Ke » Fri, 05 Feb 2010 09:59:01

Sounds like a good reason to have backups, and a good time to restore from

Yes, there are. However, such devices and the expertise needed to obtain
and install them and train users are not free, and that can be a problem; I
gather that in some jurisdictions, it's unpopular to increase taxes to pay
for such things.

On the other hand, so to speak, some fingerprint readers are easily tricked,
to the point where a photocopy image of a fingerprint (and some saliva) can
allow access.

- pk