This is a statement from a former student sent to Vice news site, responding to the school cheating post in the US. Edited by Allie Conti, illustrated by Lia Kantrowitz.
Remembering when I was in high school, when I couldn't log in to the computer in the computer room, the teacher lent me an admin account so I could continue studying. I thought to myself: Could this ID and password be used elsewhere. I started surveying around, then discovered that this account could be used to log in to any computer on the intranet. Ever since then, I wanted to get someone's personal account.
In my second year of study, I got along with a guy who knew more code than me. He himself found a way to change the angle of the security camera with a program called NetVu Observer, after we discovered the camera's IP address and clicked it on the green interface of the software. Jobs are not necessarily within the legal framework, but we were happy at the time.
At that time, the two of us still managed to find the account to log into the system. With NetVu Observer, we point the camera at the staff room, where we can track the entry and exit of the room. Noticing that the teacher had left the room, we sneaked in. Turning on the device, discovering that she still hasn't logged out of her account, we already have access to the system.
Install the key-logger on the teacher, the two of us will receive an email every half hour, reporting what the teacher typed. That's how we get the username and password. And when we have access to deep data, we soon see the score book. Now we can fix the many people who have to work hard to get it.
Initially, we help people who are in need or depressed because of achieving enough grades to get to the University they want. We only added 5 more points, obviously not wanting teachers to know. If straightening from 0 to 100 is too obvious.
This is me trying to fix points at the end of the term, without the help of those "hackers".
In one go out with friends, listen to his complaints about his new depression, after failing to reach a chorus score. I don't even know how he got a poor score on this subject, but still took the key-logger into his music teacher's machine. And this is also the first time, I corrected my score to 85. The case was very good, the teacher didn't notice the difference and didn't know much about technology, so she didn't wonder.
At the end of the term, he achieved a B, as expected.
The two of us found out that we could use this trick to make money, so we asked you to advertise new services underground, looking to anyone who wanted to add a few points to have a good year-end result . We only cost US $ 20, so we have made about $ 500 or $ 600 in the first year of business – we don't want to "cut down" our schoolmates, and my parents know my bank account. . Obviously I don't want them to ask where the big natural money comes from.
Classic Meme: Asian fathers with high expectations.
In the last year, I also used my service once. It was a final math test that I was not interested in learning at all. I raised the score from D to C.
In the meantime my friend was constantly searching for other computers on the network, and finally found the system management computer. This machine is located at another school, and this is the proof that we see computers in the whole district are all on the same network. We also discovered that this manager uses the admin's default account to perform all related work. A flawed security hole.
On his computer, he has a separate program, which can push new updates to any network device, which means we have access to any networked device. He also offers a program to control the HVAC system, which basically can control temperature anywhere. Not saving words, we were really happy at that fateful moment.
I tried to connect to the server at three in the morning, I guess no one would sit at the machine late at night. Just entered, the system will notify someone who is logged in, and ask if I want to push them out. I thought it was my friend, but it turned out to be the system admin. He pushed me away, and when I arrived at school the next morning, someone came to replace the entire camera system.
I myself think that many schools do not pay attention to the security system, because they do not think that someone wants to enter the system. Network administrators really underestimate the ability of students.
In any system there will be a gap, a certain profiteering opportunity exists. I really think a lot of people have cheated. At the end of the term, you will know immediately. When I went to University, I also planned to "get used to the old horse" but I also thought about it, that the consequences far exceeded the benefits I received.