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LAUSD Halts Local iPad Usage for Students After Security Breach [VIDEO]

L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) students have reportedly figured out how to bypass security restrictions on iPads issued to them by the school district, giving them access to non-educational internet sites, according to the L.A. Times. As a result, the district has decided to delay distribution of the devices till further notice.

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The source details that almost 300 students at Theodore Roosevelt High School hacked through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads. A couple of senior administrators reported the breach to the Board of education through a memo that said, “As student safety is of paramount concern, breach of the … system must not occur.” Other schools reporting the problem were Westchester High and the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills.

Students began to tinker with the security lock on the tablets because “they took them home and they can’t do anything with them,” said Roosevelt senior Alfredo Garcia. Roosevelt students matter-of-factly explained their technique Tuesday outside school. The trick, they said, was to delete their personal profile information. With the profile deleted, a student was free to surf.

L.A. Unified School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman suggested, in a confidential memo to senior staff obtained by The Times, that the district might want to delay distribution of the devices.

“I’m guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices,” Zipperman wrote.

Roosevelt High School was the first school to start distributing the iPads to its students, as part of a rollout aimed a putting an iPad in the hands of every student in the country’s 2nd largest school system.

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  • Chrome262

    LOL, like they wouldn’t surf on their own anyway. its not like they wouldn’t have other computers and such. Besides I find schools have the crappiest security software. thats why their servers are used by people for illegitimate uses.

  • coop

    The fact that deleting a profile (Settings > General > Profiles [Select – Delete]) is considered a “security breach” indicates that the purchasers/administrators/school board reps (and the L.A. Unified School District Police Chief!) are technologically stupid, and shouldn’t be allowed out of the house.

  • MaybeYes

    LAUSD WAS WARNED but they chose to go ahead with this boondoggle anyway.

    They would not listen to us parents when we told them obvious problems with iPads and wifi in the schools such as:

    1. Porn….like it would be hard to crack the “security”.

    2. Theft…great way to make a quick buck.

    3. Microwave radiation…yes, it is proliferate and potentially damaging to growing children and rapidly dividing cells. The Board was presented an abundance of research evidence by experts in the health and sciences. But they chose to not follow the Precautionary Principle when exposing our children to a Class 2B possible carcinogen.

    4. Money. It is NOT expensive to buy books, pens and paper and then teach children. What is costly are frills such as iPads and WiFi.

    5. Distractions. Are we sure these iPads will only be used to read books? Go to the public library and guess what the kids are doing online. Facebook. Not studying. They text, talk with friends and watch music videos.

  • Mr. Jonz

    Once again, the students prove themselves to be smarter than the idiots running the schools.

  • Thebes42

    Good for them.
    Information wants to be free and the internet was designed to route around damage.
    Really, what concerns me most is that these Government Schools are getting the next generation use to data limitations and constant communications surveillance. That is downright Un-American.