Fa­ther says teen, oth­ers had info hacked at GTA school

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - MICHELLE MCQUIGGE

When Kirk To­bias’ daugh­ter logged onto her school’s stu­dent por­tal one morn­ing last month, she was greeted by an omi­nous note.

Un­der the im­age of a leer­ing face was a list con­tain­ing her ad­dress, tele­phone num­bers and school-re­lated log-in de­tails, ac­com­pa­nied by a threat of fur­ther con­tact from what ap­peared to be an anony­mous hacker, the fa­ther of the 16-yearold said.

The fright­ened teen in­formed her par­ents, who promptly re­ported the mat­ter to her high school in Markham, Ont.

The in­sti­tu­tion called po­lice — who con­firmed a data­base hack — but To­bias said the school’s board only learned of the in­ci­dent when he called its pri­vacy of­fi­cer.

To­bias said the episode had left his fam­ily shaken.

“To say that she was com­pletely freaked out was a gross un­der­state­ment,” To­bias said of his daugh­ter, adding he and his wife were equally un­nerved by the wide­spread breach.

Po­lice said they de­ter­mined that one of the teen’s class­mates had hacked into the school’s data­base and re­trieved per­sonal de­tails for the en­tire stu­dent body of about 1,500 peo­ple.

Markham Dis­trict High School’s staff de­clined to com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion, re­fer­ring in­quiries to the board.

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