Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Hacker tr1xxyAnon recently claimed responsibility for taking down the Web site of Texas' Northside Independent School District (NISD) to protest the district's recent implementation of RFID chips in all student IDs.
"Two schools in NISD -- John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School -- began asking students earlier this year to carry RFID-equipped identification cards so that educators can monitor their location on school grounds," RT reports. "The school district says tracking students allows for more accurate attendance figures, and therefore better funding."
"NISD said it wanted to expand the Student Locator Project to 112 Texas schools and around 100,000 students to curb truancy, apparently a major problem at the school district in question," writes HotHardware's Paul Lilly. "It was reported that by improving attendance, NISD could receive as much as $20 million in additional state funding, which would more than offset the cost of implementing the program (pegged at over $525,000 for the pilot program and a little over $136,000 per year to maintain). "
In a statement on Pastebin, tr1xxyAnon wrote, "I sincerely hope you have noticed that I have took down your website for a reason, and that reason is stripping away the privacy of students in your school. What was going through your mind when you had this idea?"https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
The hacker threatened to take down the Web site again unless the district held a meeting with parents within three days to get their support for the use of RFID.
"Through his Twitter profile, we asked tr1xxyanon for proof he really was responsible for the interruptions," WOAI reports. "Within a few minutes, NISD's site was unavailable again. He let News 4 WOAI reporter Mireya Villarreal know when it was down and when it was back up."