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Reporter accesses student info through district's open wireless network

School administrators in the heart of Silicon Valley learned a recent lesson about the insecurity of wireless Internet networks. Armed only with a laptop and a wireless connection card, a reporter for the Palo Alto Weekly succeeded last week in accessing the Palo Alto Unified School District’s insecure Wi-Fi network. Rachel Metz, the newspaper’s education reporter, obtained some students’ grades, phone numbers, addresses, medical information, psychological evaluations and even photos of the kids. Full Story

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