Thursday, 30 May 2013

Teenage hackers attack 300 PCs in Alaska


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A group of 12-13 year-olds have hacked a computer system at a middle school in Alaska.

Source: Filmzrus Blog - Hackers just got younger...

The 18 kids phished the systems’ administrator privileges by tricking their teacher into entering his admin name and passwords, to accept a fake software update. They used the details to take control of their 300 classmates’ PCs within moments.  

The principal of the school Mr Casey Robinson, said control of the computers has been regained. But:  "How we do business is definitely going to have to change when it comes to updating programs and resources that we have on the machines," said Robinson. He added there would be a security review at the school.

If eighteen, 12-13 year-old children can take control of 300 computers; imagine what a more experienced hacker can do. But it’s not too late for these kids. They can use their interest in IT for good – maybe the school’s found the next Mark Zuckerberg?

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