A Catholic school board has taken action after learning a young hacker accessed confidential records, including provincial test scores.
John Mackle, education director at the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, said the Grade 8 pupil at St. Anne’s School in Peterborough’s north end found his way — via his laptop, a piece of downloaded software and the board’s internal network — into a board file server containing provincewide test results.
Mackle said the incident occurred when the server in question, which isn’t located at the school, was turned back on after undergoing a service upgrade.
“We normally have two levels of security,” Mackle said. “In this case, level 1 was turned back on, but level 2 was not. This allowed the boy to gain access.”
The boy was in the system for about 10 minutes, Mackle said.
He can’t discuss the repercussions for the boy, he said, as that would violate the same privacy rules the boy broke.
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