Felony Charges for High School Hacking

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  1. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    http://apple.slashdot.org/apple/05/06/25/0130230.shtml?tid=146&tid=180&tid=123
    wow. that just sickens me. they violated the acceptable use policy and it's a felony? something's wrong when school districts do that...
    this article worries me, like some of the posters in the slashdot thread said. i've been banned from my school network for emulators and several other violations of the AUP:rolleyes:--i've since been reinstated but if this case goes to trial and they get convicted could it spread? i dont know how texas law treats things liek this compared to pennsylvania law...:eek:
    oh and about the ibooks--:p:D:cool:
     
  2. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    These kids need to be punished for acting inappropriately with a $1000+ piece of equipment. They should face some suspension, or some other action by the school.

    However, a felony is a tad strong in this situation. Possibly a misdemeanor to put the fear of God into them, but a felony is going just a bit too far...
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Probably a felony porn charge, related to them personally touching a minor (themselves) -- repeatedly.
     
  4. iJon macrumors 604

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    Sounds like something I would do. Although I wouldn't have gotten caught. If they really wanted to raise hell all they would have to do is set a firmware password, change the admin password and the school would be screwed beyond belief.

    On a second thought, when I visit places that have Macs I try to check up on them and keep them in good shape, the idea of sabotaging a fine piece of equipment doesn't excite me at a school.

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  5. nichos macrumors 6502

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    Do tell.
     
  6. iJon macrumors 604

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    Oh, I'm just speaking hypothetically. I'm sure one of these kids did something real stupid to get caught. I just want to assume I would be a little more careful and stealth, but who knows.

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  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Famous last words. ;)


    Friend of mine in high school took down the entire phone system in the school. It took about a week to get it working properly again. Our computer science teach was probably the last faculty member I'd ever wanna piss off so I can only imagine what was said behind closed doors when the teacher was chewing him out. Speaking of closed doors, the teacher slammed the door to his office so hard it jammed shut and it took him a few pulls to get it open and out of his office (which faced the computer lab). Pretty funny but no one was dumb enough to laugh until he'd stormed down the hallway and was well outta ear shot.


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  8. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Well, considering "the more computer savvy" were disabling the schools ability to reach out and touch their iBooks it was probably pretty obvious who was doing what.

    Reading the complete story (the link in the OP just goes to a blurb) it looks like some kids, among other things, hacked the school's network, and that officially no charges have been filed. So the felony charge could just be a scare tactic.


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  9. MacFan782040 macrumors 6502a

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    It's Kutztown. Not Kurtztown (I'm going to Kutz University)
     
  10. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    I work at the store that has the contract to service every computer from there. I wonder if we had anything to do with it?
     
  11. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    I though that poster was particulary informative.
    I really hope this gets thrown out. And the admins are n00bs if they let this happen to them.
    hahahahhaha pwn3d!
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Chances are they started bragging about their exploits. It seems that teenagers can't keeping something quite like that. So eventually it got back to to the principal. Many are caught just because they can't keep their mouth shut.

    They definitely need to be punished.
     
  13. mikemodena macrumors 6502a

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    Charging them with a felony is ridiculous. Suspend them, put their computer usage under heavy surveilence.. I mean there's only 13 not the whole student body, do something like that but the police shouldn't even have been involved. The admins were probably some business education or keyboarding teachers who had no business getting anywhere near a school's student network. Only the staff at my school have iBooks and Power School. Getting into that only took about a week.. but they only used them for the 4th marking period at my school.. they're taking full advantage of it next year.. where all that info I found may come in handy. ;)
     
  14. iJon macrumors 604

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    I agree. Sometimes even I'm like that, but it was much more severe at a younger age.

    jon
     
  15. mxpiazza macrumors 6502a

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    time out is awesome... hallie berry, here i come!
     
  16. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    I wish I was that tech savy to pull that off, but then again i don't want to be charged for a felony. I think that its really stupid for them to get charged for a felony. At my school the worst they do to you is suspend you and ban you from all computer use which is really lite compared to there punishment.
     

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