LA Unified Students "Hack" iPad Security Measures

LA Unified Students "Hack" iPad Security Measures

Sep 27, 2013

PANDORA'S PAD: If there's a lesson to be learned from The Shining, it's that all work and no play can make people do crazy things. Howard Blume of the LATimes reports that students at Roosevelt High School, among the first to receive iPads as part of LA Unified's deal with Apple, circumvented security measures and visited "unauthorized" websites such as YouTube and Facebook. (Using the word "hacking" would be giving kids too much credit; Ars Technica explains the simple steps they took.)

This line says it all: "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."

As a result, the district has suspended the use of tablets at home. Good timing, too, as Blume also reports that 71 iPads have since gone missing and "senior district officials acknowledged that they haven't decided on consequences if the $700 iPads are lost or broken."

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