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September 30th, 2013
L.A. students breach school iPads’ security
Security violation results in limited iPad use, student frustration
It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district.
Similar problems emerged at two other high schools as well, although the hacking was not as widespread.
Officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District have immediately halted home use of the Apple tablets until further notice.
The incident prompted questions about overall preparations, including security preparations, for the $1-billion tablet initiative.
The roll-out is scheduled to put an iPad in the hands of every student in the nation’s second-largest school system within a year. Roosevelt was among the first to distribute them, starting a week ago.
Tablets were still being handed out when administrators discovered the hacking already in progress, allowing students to reach such restricted sites as YouTube and Facebook, among others.
(Next page: What administrators, teachers, and students say)