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Eighth-Grader Arrested, Charged With Cybercrimes for Changing Teacher

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mudslag    10,705

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/04/10/florida_middle_schooler_arrested_charged_with_hacking_cybercrimes.html

 

 

Cybersecurity has become a prominent issue, with hacks and breaches plaguing corporations, governments, and individuals. But instead of blaming the cyberwar divisions of nation states or sophisticated hacking rings the source of the problem might be a lot closer to home. Is anyone looking at the teens?

Actually, yes. Florida is on it. Eighth-grader Domanik Green, 14, of Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Florida, was recently arrested and charged with offense against a computer system and unauthorized access (which is a felony charge). He was released from Land O'Lakes Detention Center on Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Pasco County sheriff's department took action after Green used a teacher's administrative password to log onto a school computer. While accessing the machine, he changed its desktop background to an image of two men kissing. The computer had state standardized testing questions on it, though they were encrypted and police say that Green didn't access them. "I logged into a teacher's computer who I didn't like and tried putting inappropriate pictures onto his computer to annoy him," Green told the Times.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said, "Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done." Crazy teens.

Green says that his peers frequently use the admin password to video chat or screenshare on school computers. The code is easy to remember because it's just a last name. Green discovered it by watching a teacher type it in. Green was originally suspended from school for three days and other students were punished, too, but he was later arrested because the school deemed his infraction more serious. It is now overhauling its password system.

 

 

 

 

First off this should have been a school issue not a law enforcement one. Second, it's suggesting his arrest is warranted because "what he could have done". Of course it's Florida. 

 

 

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jnelsoninjax    14,613

Wow :/ what can be said...

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Ian S.    758

:no:

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+virtorio    3,324

You guys should donate Florida to Cuba.

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neufuse    4,391

hold on, the title is click bait... the kid DID break the law, you can't steal or take someone's password and just use their accounts... that's the real story here not changing the wallpaper

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daorbed9    85

Yeah of course the article is more interesting if you are distracted with the wallpaper, but in reality what he did was stupid and illegal.  Time for kids to learn there are consequences.

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exotoxic    700

Commited a crime, got arrested, whats the problem??

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TrueMonolith    169

So...i would have made the kid in charge of group policy at the school as a condition of him passing high school.

A fate worse than prison.

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Raa    1,600

So...i would have made the kid in charge of group policy at the school as a condition of him passing high school.

 

 

I would agree exactly with this. I won't elaborate. :laugh:

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123456789A    4,710

Just because the crime was humorous doesn't excuse him from responsibility.

 

But the teacher should also be reprimanded for using a weak password, and the school should investigate why their security policies were so terrible.

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mudslag    10,705

Again this should have stayed in school. Why would one kid be arrested while others, who it seems also used the passwords are not? The idea that a 14yr old should be arrested over a password and how it was used shows not only a lack of common sense on how to dish out punishment but a lack of common sense regarding law enforcement resources. I would understand had he used the access to change vital info but even the school says nothing else was done. 

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Anibal P    2,055

This sounds just like liberal CT, schools are calling the police for minor issues that normally, just a few years ago, would have been handled internally with proper penalties, now schools are calling the police on elementary school kids for being "disruptive" or like a normal kid is really what it is 

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+Red King    2,476

Lethal injection please.

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thexfile    7

A little bit of knowledge can destroy you.  You have to hide what you know in Florida.

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spenser.d    1,100

Yeah of course the article is more interesting if you are distracted with the wallpaper, but in reality what he did was stupid and illegal.  Time for kids to learn there are consequences.

I don't disagree, but why even bother with a damn password if it's going to be the person's last name. Adults need to learn the consequences of password mismanagement. If they made it so easy to get on a computer, they're just looking for someone to do something like this. They are teens, after all - they're going to do dumb things, especially if you make it easy.

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daorbed9    85

I don't disagree, but why even bother with a damn password if it's going to be the person's last name. Adults need to learn the consequences of password mismanagement. If they made it so easy to get on a computer, they're just looking for someone to do something like this. They are teens, after all - they're going to do dumb things, especially if you make it easy.

 

Teens are plenty old enough to know about consequence.  Being dumb isn't an excuse.  The password is irrelevant.  We don't put ourselves in a box to prevent the world from letting us do bad things.  We teach so that they may be wise enough to make the right choice in the first place.  We don't really teach anything anymore.  The book stuff they don't even retain 2-3 years after high school.

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Tha Bloo Monkee    591

When I was in grade 8, I got banned from the computers for 2 weeks for changing the homepage to something else.  The principal and librarian thought it was a serious issue and thought I was a hacker or something, and I actually had a teacher who sort of defended me who told them that although he wasn't excusing what I did, it was very easy to change the homepage.

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Shadrack    601

When I was in eighth grade, the school system could be closed by pressing alt-F4 and from there I could install shareware Doom :D. These days, it looks like I could have been in a whole ###### for doing something like that. The problem with all of this is how balls-to-the-wall Law enforcement has become. They are all tough on crime to the point of being robots that are inconsiderate of the fact that they are ultimately in the job to serve the public -- where is the human factor?

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spenser.d    1,100

Teens are plenty old enough to know about consequence.  Being dumb isn't an excuse.  The password is irrelevant.  We don't put ourselves in a box to prevent the world from letting us do bad things.  We teach so that they may be wise enough to make the right choice in the first place.  We don't really teach anything anymore.  The book stuff they don't even retain 2-3 years after high school.

No ######, but plenty of adults need to learn how to properly protect their computer, just like teens need to learn not to do dumb ######. My point is there's plenty of blame on both ends as far as I'm concerned with this story. And frankly, arresting and detaining him for changing a wallpaper far and away doesn't fit the crime. We don't punish people for what they could've done (if we're being technical, I'll qualify that by saying without proof of intent to actually commit something) - we punish them for what they did do.

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LaP    2,348

I did way worse when i was a teen. I'm glad back then adults were real adults and mature enough to handle things like that without calling the police.

 

Adults these days are worse than teens. Immature beyond understatement.

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T3X4S    4,533

Yeah, the title is clickbait for sure.

Cops ?  a little unnecessary.  I bet what happened is this f-tard of a teacher insisted on calling the cops because he was "so offended" and has an ongoing gripe with this kid.  The school probably thought no big deal and the teacher went nuts.
 

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daorbed9    85

No ######, but plenty of adults need to learn how to properly protect their computer, just like teens need to learn not to do dumb ######. My point is there's plenty of blame on both ends as far as I'm concerned with this story. And frankly, arresting and detaining him for changing a wallpaper far and away doesn't fit the crime. We don't punish people for what they could've done (if we're being technical, I'll qualify that by saying without proof of intent to actually commit something) - we punish them for what they did do.

 

You are still hung up on the wrong details.  The act was that he hacked into a secure private school computer.  No other info necessary.

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Intersect    239

looks like "zero c00L" is about to get a lesson in life to not screw with things just because he does not like some one.

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Astra.Xtreme    2,966

No ######, but plenty of adults need to learn how to properly protect their computer, just like teens need to learn not to do dumb ######. My point is there's plenty of blame on both ends as far as I'm concerned with this story. And frankly, arresting and detaining him for changing a wallpaper far and away doesn't fit the crime. We don't punish people for what they could've done (if we're being technical, I'll qualify that by saying without proof of intent to actually commit something) - we punish them for what they did do.

Did you not read the article?

 

Let me help you...

was recently arrested and charged with offense against a computer system and unauthorized access (which is a felony charge).

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adrynalyne    13,872

I did way worse when i was a teen. I'm glad back then adults were real adults and mature enough to handle things like that without calling the police.

 

Adults these days are worse than teens. Immature beyond understatement.

Maturity comes from not breaking laws and has nothing to do with that.

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