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8th Grader Hacks into School's Confidential Records

A Catholic school board in Canada has taken action after discovering a young hacker accessed confidential records, including test scores.

John Mackle, education director at the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, told QMI Agency the eight-grade student at St. Anne’s School in Peterborough used his  laptop, downloaded software and the board’s internal network to access a board file server containing provincewide test results.

The incident happened when the server in question, which is not located at the school, was turned back on after undergoing a service upgrade, Mackle said. The boy was in the system for about 10 minutes, but became seemingly regretful and told his parents what he had done, upon which they contacted the school.

Although the boy cannot be identified, a letter was sent out to parents about the breach, and a report was made to the provincial privacy commissioner, QMI Agency reported.

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