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  • Students in LA School District Are Hacking Their iPads


    Although some were optimistic that the Los Angeles Unified School District's $30 million iPad program would go well, all hasn't been smooth-sailing so far.

    ABC News is reporting that the admirable plan to equip 30,000 Los Angeles students with iPads has "hit another snag."

    In addition to the program running dramatically over-budget, iPad hacking has led to scores of iPads being "repossessed" from the students.

    The school-issued iPads were installed with their own security software that prevented students from getting access to anything but the preloaded educational software. However, students at several different schools discovered a work around within hours after students received their iPads.
    The students that successfully bypassed the iPad's content safeguards were able to access unauthorized websites and apps, including Facebook, YouTube, and Pandora.

    "We could see this thing coming," said Sarah Bradshaw, the chief of staff for District 5 of the LAUSD. "So much of this has been rushed and so ill thought out."

    Source: ABC News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Students in LA School District Are Hacking Their iPads started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      ...So disable those apps. Get an IT dept worth having and control the situation sheesh. Rushed into is not the word.
    1. drgonz0's Avatar
      drgonz0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      ...So disable those apps. Get an IT dept worth having and control the situation sheesh. Rushed into is not the word.
      How can this ever go any other way? Content control is dead in the water on any device you send home. Also their IT department is no where near big enough to manage that many devices.
    1. MrWHOx's Avatar
      MrWHOx -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      ...So disable those apps. Get an IT dept worth having and control the situation sheesh. Rushed into is not the word.
      If the IT boys had root access, they could do it. trolololol
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I guarantee that there's one IT guy for every 3+ schools out there. That's a lot of iPads for one person to look after. They should have thought all of this out better before just handing them out to students with some minor security.
    1. Padgoi's Avatar
      Padgoi -
      and how about the other 1,000,000 apps they now have access to?
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      For this to work at all they needed custom firmware from Apple. Anything else is feeble.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      ...So disable those apps. Get an IT dept worth having and control the situation sheesh. Rushed into is not the word.
      You obviously don't know what your talking about. Why do you even comment of these posts?

      Hacked is not the word for using in this article, all the kids are doing is removing profiles that apple doesn't let us (school IT) lock onto the iPad. This is apples fault, not the school system. Apple doesn't let you lock mobile device management profiles onto the device. You can install all of those settings from Apple configurator but then you have to plug all of the devices into the computer again if you want to change a setting. Having mobile device management profiles allows IT to change settings on the iPad OTA.
    1. bcon1208's Avatar
      bcon1208 -
      I'm in charge of managing our company's iPads. I've got the Mac server sitting about 2 feet away right now. I know first hand just how much you can lock iDevices down, and it isn't anywhere close to enough. We've got restrictions enabled, profiles added, and they are not actually "supposed" to be connected to the internet (our app uses a custom network). However, there are many steps our employees can (and have already) take to circumvent all of them. Apple does not care at all about their enterprise customers. It's sad really because iPads make a very nice and reliable way of doing business.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      "hacked" yeah sure..
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Sucks. The kids that didn't have anything to do with bypassing are getting the iPad taken back.
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      Just give em the books back and be done with it sheesh! This is so idiotic...
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feanor64 View Post
      Just give em the books back and be done with it sheesh! This is so idiotic...
      Books aren't going to be around forever and before you call bullsh** on that, look at music and how fast it went digital.
    1. steveken's Avatar
      steveken -
      Wow, talking about an old story!! This is at least 3 weeks old!
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Books aren't going to be around forever and before you call bullsh** on that, look at music and how fast it went digital.
      Not even remotely comparable. Paper books will be around for a very, very long time.

      Now, on topic. Why didn't they use the Kindle Paper White instead, lower device cost and it's only real use is for reading.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      You obviously don't know what your talking about. Why do you even comment of these posts?

      Hacked is not the word for using in this article, all the kids are doing is removing profiles that apple doesn't let us (school IT) lock onto the iPad. This is apples fault, not the school system. Apple doesn't let you lock mobile device management profiles onto the device. You can install all of those settings from Apple configurator but then you have to plug all of the devices into the computer again if you want to change a setting. Having mobile device management profiles allows IT to change settings on the iPad OTA.
      Actually, my grandfather's work was able to successfully lock the user from doing anything other than backing up to iTunes. Trust me, I've hacked a lot of iOS devices and this was one thing that even I could not do. They had completely disabled any ability to restore or update the phone without having a higher up authorize it them-self. Clearly you sir are the one who does not know what you are talking about.
    1. 8lias's Avatar
      8lias -
      Anything that started out with good intention often ruined by idiots.
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Books aren't going to be around forever and before you call bullsh** on that, look at music and how fast it went digital.
      That makes no sense.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      IF you don't want kids using it for what ever they wish make them leave them at school.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Well then they must have jail broken it because apple, who I've talked to about this, doesn't give ways for MDM to block updates. You can turn off the App Store, turn off camera, turn off iMessage, FaceTime Safari Siri screen captures iCloud backups, you can even stop the device from having an email put on it. But Apple doesn't give you a way to block OTA updates even on supervised devices. And the device has to be supervised with apple config as of right now to turn off a lot of those features. What MDM is your grandfather using? Airwatch? Casper? Meraki? Iboss? The only way to stop an OTA from happening is to do a URL block and have the device on a global proxy, and most proxies are slow as we've found out. But Apple doesn't give mdm's a way to control this.