A Turlock High School senior has been arrested for allegedly hacking into the school district computer network and taking encrypted files. Police believe the 17-year-old intended to prove that the system was vulnerable. Police say the student told his computer teacher about the system´s flaws, and the teacher told the network administrator about them. Sheriff´s Sergeant Adam Christianson says the administrator said exploiting that security flaw was not possible.
Police say that prompted the student to copy encrypted files with user names and passwords, decrypt them and show them to his teacher. The school district says it´s now securing the system.
The boy was arrested February fifth, and the school is planning to expel him.