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Student Uses Flash Drive to Steal Personal Info of 55,000

A 15 year old student living in Chester County has been accused of hacking into the computer system of the high-school he was attending and of stealing information from over 50,000 individuals. The information stolen by the Downingtown West High School student contained names, addresses and social security numbers.

The teenager, whose name has not been made public given he is a minor, is believed to have used a flash drive to store the private records belonging to about 40,000 taxpayers and 15,000 students, police said.

According to NBC10.com, this is not the first such incident in the area:

The incident marked the second time a student has hacked into the school’s system since December. The district said it had tightened up security since the late 2007 breach.

School officials sent a letter explaining the incident home with students and posted it to the district’s Web site.

2 Responses to “Student Uses Flash Drive to Steal Personal Info of 55,000”

  1. Forkbomber Says:

    well… what a detailed article, now everyone with a USB flash drive could be a “hacker” ?

    ooh, scary -_-

    this will teach people to be more secure, especially schools, they don’t care about updates.

  2. Alina Says:

    Hi Forkbomber! Everyone could try to be a hacker :) And yes, sometimes security systems in school are shaky. But realizing not all things portable and cool are simply great, they also come with their own little dark side is something a lot of people still need to understand.

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