New Jersey Student Record Database Hacked

A New Jersey school district was vandalized by members of the online mischief making group 4chan after an administrative password to a student record management system used at 160 school systems across New Jersey.

New Jersey recordsA New Jersey school district was vandalized by members of the online mischief making group 4chan after an administrative password to a student record management system used at 160 school systems across New Jersey.

The hack occurred after the administrative account used by the Plainfield, New Jersey, school district to access the Genesis
Student Information System was posted, along with the password needed to access the account: the word ‘poopnugget,’ according to a report on ComputerWorld.
The password was posted to a 4chan message board, and from there, 4chan users
infiltrated the Genesis system wreaking havoc on everything from lunch prices
to the school system’s emergency broadcast system.

The hack was confirmed by a memo
sent from the interim Superintendent, Anna Belin-Pyles. The memo states that there
was an unauthorized breach of the district’s computer systems, but that no
permanent damage was done and no sensitive personal information was
compromised.

That didn’t stop 4chan members from having some fun at Plainfield’s expense. Screenshots from 4chan forums posted in imgur show the manipulation school lunch
prices so all meals cost $9,000, they show the drafting of an emergency
broadcast to be sent to parents district wide with an ad nauseam explanation of
GNU/Linux.

Genesis software
manages student records for 160 school systems across New Jersey.

A spokesperson at the Public Schools of New Jersey was
unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

4chan is an Internet message and image board on which users
often post anonymous content. Initially popular among fans of anime and as the
origin of a number of popular Internet memes. The site has recently come into
the spotlight as a host for anarchical activity and Internet activism as
illustrated by the Gawker
breach
and the posting of private emails from Sarah Palin after her email
account was hacked.

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Discussion

  • Anonymous on

    Some of the information posted is incorrect. 4chan has not "recently" gotten into this sort of behavior, between encyclopedia drammatica and 4chan I'd say there has been a fair amount of trolling if nothing else for close to 3 or 4 years now, if not longer. The real bottom line is that they are getting more renowned for what they do; whether it be "boxxie", your financial company, or something similar - 4chan can and will ruin your day if they see fit to do so in any way they can. If a criminal can organize it on mIRC, odds are they'll post it on 4chan... or visa versa even...

    Bottom line: I'm not actually impressed. Considering what they could have done, jacking up the lunch prices momentarily and sending everyone instructions on how to ue Linux is pretty soft. I was half expecting to read how they had "rather questionable adult content" sent to every email listed and possibly some money shifted around (not stolen) just to give someone a heart attack... Why do I have a bad feeling about the idea of 4chan playing "nice" on this..?

  • Anonymous on

    Screenshots of students names along with reports of student misconducts, suspensions, expulsions, etc. were also posted online- and tampered with. That imgur link is missing quite a bit of the photos. 

    Record of what went on is available here:

    http://green-oval.net/cgi-board.pl/g/thread/15450065#p15450065

    http://green-oval.net/cgi-board.pl/g/thread/15451454#p15451454

    http://green-oval.net/cgi-board.pl/g/thread/15451451#p15451451

    Mostly looks like they were just having some fun, at the expense of the school district.

  • Anonymous on

    When I said some I just highlighted the most obvious/important. The rest is pretty trivial. For example 4chan didn't really get to be known as 4chan based on any real kind of anime connections. In fact, Most of the early reputation I recall about 4chan was how it was getting hacked by its own members which inevitably got it to its current status. Some technicians I know of who also use 4chan even stated on numerous occasions that they feel the owner of 4chan just stopped caring about the site after awhile and just sort of gave in to the demands of the users. Ultimately I'm going based on what I've actually seen and heard considering I've never used the website (for obvious reasons). All in all I was trying avoid having too large of a wall of text.

    If you do want another possible problem, this paragraph struck me as being odd and possibly grammatically incorrect: "A New Jersey school district was vandalized by members of the online mischief making group 4chan after an administrative password to a student record management system used at 160 school systems across New Jersey." -  was used? that was used at 160 school systems across new Jersey was leaked? Something along those lines seems to be missing.

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