A group of pupils at a middle school in Alaska took control of their classroom computers after phishing for administrator privileges. They asked teachers at Schoenbar Middle School, for 12 to 13-year-olds, to enter admin names and passwords to accept a false software update, according to reports.
Associated Press said that at least 18 pupils were involved in the phishing, which gave them control over 300 computers allocated for student use at the school in the Alaskan town of Ketchikan.
Those computers have now been seized.
Ezra Klein: So what should we be afraid of?
BS: Car crashes. Global warming. It feels insensitive to say it so close to the tragedy, but it’s true. What people should worry about are things so common that they’re no longer news. That’s what kills people.
Soak the English: Welsh want paying for any water piped across the border
Politicians say rain-rich country must be compensated if ‘increasingly valuable resource’ is sent to drought-hit England
During the London water shortage just before the completion of the Rape of Scotland waterworks, Irish nationalists went around turning on hydrants and covert sympathizers left their taps running. It worked so well that Palestinian refugees, circumcised and trained for the occasion, repeated the process in Haifa to such an extent that two hundred thousand acres of orange groves died for lack of irrigation.
Charles Duhigg, quoted on Jim Romenesko’s post, NYT reporter defends Forbes writer accused of ‘stealing’ his work.
For the context: Duhigg wrote about data mining for the Times (as quoted here previously), but the article came to the public’s attention largely through a summary of some of the more interesting parts in Forbes. Romenesko’s piece is a good look at what three participants - Duhigg; Kashmir Hill, who wrote the Forbes summary; and Nick O’Neill, who wrote about who got the attention - have to say about the turn of events.
Am I allowed to hope that the “painful period” is as painful as possible? Please?