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Friday, April 16, 2010


Boy had teacher's computer password

A 9-year-old Fairfax County boy who changed course content and passwords in the Fairfax school system's online teaching system -- including the superintendent's -- accessed it using a teacher's password, officials said Thursday.

The school district detected the problems last month and, with the help of Fairfax police, tracked them to a McLean boy's home computer.

Police obtained a search warrant that said Fairfax's version of the widely used Blackboard Learning System "had been hacked" and that the boy's Blackboard account had "administrator privileges."

Blackboard and school officials clarified Thursday that the boy had not found and exploited a security vulnerability, but rather that he had obtained a teacher's password.

Fairfax schools spokesman Paul Regnier said the boy was able to use that access to enroll other users, including Superintendent Jack D. Dale, into his class and could then change their passwords.

-- Tom Jackman


Police seeking charming car thief

Montgomery County detectives are searching for a woman who they say used a stolen identity and flirtatious approach to steal three high-priced vehicles from dealerships on the same day.

The suspect, identified as Somsook Jasmin McCollum, 37, of the 18500 block of Cabin Road in Triangle, struck Dec. 30, police said.

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