Thursday, October 8, 2009

Student hacks into Pinnacle grading system

Whitman's Black & White student newspaper reports:

A student broke through security barriers on Whitman’s Pinnacle grading system Sept. 23, changing grades entered by several teachers.

The administration informed the affected teachers as soon as they discovered the incident...

...Administrators reported the incident to MCPS, which is currently analyzing the flaw to improve security for the future, assistant principal Jennifer Webster said.

“The programmers who wrote the [Pinnacle] program are using the experience to improve their security,” she said.

The student discovered a flaw in the security system and was thus able to access teachers’ Pinnacle accounts...

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