Alleged high school hacker arrested
October 8, 2008
South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 17-year-old South Tahoe High School student on Wednesday for allegedly hacking into the school’s computer system last week.
Administrators discovered a security breach on one of the district’s computers on Thursday, according to a press statement from the district.
The boy may have accessed sensitive information regarding staff and students, the statement said.
“The exposure appears to be limited to South Tahoe High School’s internal student information system. The breach may have allowed access to the names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and other personal information, including user names and passwords,” the statement said. “The district has taken measures to increase system security. At this time, the district does not believe that any other school data has been compromised.”
The student was suspended after the discovery by district officials and was arrested after a follow-up investigation by police.
“As a precaution, the students and staff members who have used personal passwords in the system have been asked to change this information,” according to the district’s statement. “Furthermore, we wish to inform parents of students and employees that their personal information may have been accessed.”
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Anyone with information concerning the ongoing investigation is asked to contact officer Scott Willson of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6110.
In other news:
— Police arrested a 42-year-old Las Vegas man on suspicion of kidnapping, evading police and methamphetamine possession, around 4 p.m. Thursday.
Police say a family of three hired the man to help move them from Las Vegas to South Lake Tahoe in a moving van.
When the man became suspicious he wasn’t going to be paid the promised $300 for the move, he allegedly drove off, leaving the mother and her 26-year-old son at a South Shore service station, said detective Chuck Owens.
The 16-year-old daughter was in the back of the moving van at the time, Owens said.
Police located the van and tried to pull it over, but the 42-year-old allegedly tried to evade police, ditching the truck on Palmira Avenue and running toward the Swiss Chalet shopping center.
Police arrested the man at gunpoint in the shopping center’s parking lot and found a small amount of methamphetamine on the man during the arrest, Owens said.
— South Lake Tahoe Police arrested a 24-year-old man and 26-year-old woman for alleged possession of pirated material last week.
An officer discovered up to 334 counterfeit CDs and DVDs in the Reno pair’s car during a traffic stop, said Lt. Marty Hale
Flimsy packaging and the fact that the movies indicated on the DVD cases had yet to be released to DVD, indicated the material was likely illegal, Hale said.
— A 9-year-old South Lake Tahoe boy was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning after a bicycle crash near the intersection of Apache Avenue and Highway 50 in Meyers.
The California Highway Patrol responded to a report of the crash around 8:35 a.m., said CHP Officer Jeff Gartner.
The chain on the boy’s bike apparently derailed and caught in the bike’s drive mechanism, causing the bike to stop abruptly. No vehicles were involved in the crash.
The boy suffered scrapes and bruises on the lefts side of his body and also hit his head, Gartner said.
“If he wasn’t wearing a helmet, it could have been a lot worse,” Gartner said.