At Spring Hill Elementary in Virginia, a hacker altered the passwords for teachers’ Blackboard accounts. Policy began investigating in mid-March but instead of finding a seasoned hacker, traced the hack to a computer at a nine-year-old student’s home.
Initially, police suspected that the child’s mother was responsible for the hack. However, following interviews with the mother and child, police determined that the child most likely hacked the system.
“He’s a very intelligent 9-year-old,with no criminal intent,” Officer Don Gotthardt, who investigated the case, told Washington Post reporters.
The student initially captured the login credentials from a teacher’s desk and then used the credentials to alter passwords, change homework assignments and modify class rosters.
“This was a case where an individual … got hold of a teacher’s password, and the passwords had administrative rights,” said a school board spokesperson.
Authorities have not taken any action against the student.