[ISN] Students hack into computer and steal tests

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Thu Sep 23 03:16:11 EDT 2004


September 23, 2004

A computer system at a Gold Coast Catholic high school is being
upgraded after students broke into a password-protected server about a
dozen times and stole several third-term tests.

Students used home computers for the break in, which is believed to be 
the first of its type in Queensland. 

Queensland Catholic Education Communications Manager, Tom Cranitch, 
said Year 12 students at Mary Mount College will have to take their 
Maths A and B tests again next term to validate the original test 

"It's a pretty severe issue, cheating, at the best of times, but 
suddenly in the later stages of people's Year 12 careers, it's 
certainly something that is very severe," Cranitch said yesterday. 

"We wouldn't be taking it very lightly if we were able to determine 
the extent and those involved." 

A Year 12 English test was also accessed by the hackers but the 
break-in was revealed by an anonymous tipoff in time for the tests to 
be rewritten. 

It is unclear whether a staff password was stolen or guessed, or 
whether a more elaborate hacking method was used to infiltrate the 

Cranitch said there were as many as a dozen different unauthorised 

"This may not be one off, it could occur again in the future and our 
aim is to ensure it doesn't," he said. 

"We're looking at a number of different options to secure that server 
in the future." 

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