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L.A. School District stops free Apple iPad program after students hack through security feature

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L.A. School District stops free Apple iPad program after students hack through security feature
The L.A. School District has halted a program that planned on distributing free Apple iPads to all 640,000 students in the district by next year. Apparently, some of the students attending Theodore Roosevelt High School had hacked their iPad within a week, allowing them to surf the web. It was this security concern that forced the School District to halt the program.

The original deal that Apple made with the educators was to supply 35,000 iPads for $30 million with the remaining students expected to receive their tablet next year. But the $1 billion program appears to be in jeopardy as some of the high school students at Roosevelt and at other schools discovered that by deleting their personal profile information from the tablet, the security restrictions would be disabled. Suddenly, the students had use of the device's browser allowing them to visit otherwise blocked sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

"Outside of the district's network ... a user is free to download content and applications and browse the Internet without restriction. As student safety is of paramount concern, breach of the ... system must not occur."-Memo from senior administrators

L.A. Unified School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman said in a confidential memo obtained by the L.A. Times, that this is the best time to halt the program before the word spreads on social media sites on how to bypass the security of the school issued iPads.

"I'm guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices. I want to prevent a 'runaway train' scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the roll-out."-L.A. Unified School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman, writing in a confidential memo




source: LATimes via MacRumors

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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:52 8

1. Sauce (unregistered)


Put any tablet in the wrong hands at the wrong school and you're just giving them a tablet for fun. Put any tablet in the right hands at the proper school and the students will maximize the benefit they get from receiving these, whatever it may be/intended for.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:05 1

3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Be it an iPad or any other tablet you're just asking for trouble when giving them to students. They WILL find a way to hack and jailbreak stuff. Some will utilize it properly, but never the majority that would justify these expensive programs.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:08 1

31. Sauce (unregistered)


You are not seeing my point, but okay.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:17 1

51. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


No, iPad (iOS) has the most vulnerable system in the world and that's proved again, just search:
"iPhone is most vulnerable, least secure smartphone"
Only a limited person is able to buy such a device for work
But in the USA you can legally read everyone's communication so no wonder

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:09 4

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You statement reminds me Apple's: "You're holding it wrong!".
The fact that kids can bypass security on the iPad or any other modern devices, just proves that they are creative and smart kids and I don't see anything wrong with that. If security is weak it is your problem, don't blame the kids, just increase security level instead of blaming other because of your own flaws!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:22 4

15. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


The security hole is in the school's software, it's not Apple's fault

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:27 4

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Did I said that it is Apple's fault?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:42 3

23. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


stop being an a$$

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:51 3

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In current situation, In which way I'm ass?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:16 4

55. JMartin22 (Posts: 1993; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


He didn't say anything inflammatory. You're the one that's being an "ass" right about now.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:59

62. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Thank you, JMartin22.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:15

67. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well said and true

Dam right it's Apples fault!

O wait their never wrong!

Always making excuses saying: that's not right or "holding it and using it wrong"

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:03 1

50. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Im surprised that Apple wouldnt be able to do some kind of special software set for this, or do something like Blackberry does where enterprise restrictions can be placed to control the device.

The school district may wanna consider Android. Im sure they can get manufacturers bidding for the opportunity of 650k devices.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:56 4

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm not surprised!

Also check this out, here is a list of bugs on iOS 7:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1644922

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:05 4

4. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


Far far less than the bugs in Android 4.3.

https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:10 2

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


How old is Android 4.3 and how old is iOS 7 ? Also Android OS has much more features compared to iOS 7 so chance to find a bug is greater.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:14 2

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Dude read he report, many of those are either development bugs or isolated personal issues, most of them not directly related to 4.3 at all

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:16

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Say that to nerdylish not to me.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:20 2

12. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


Fanboy in denial

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:56 1

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Mmm how am I I'm denial again? I mean I just debunked your so called "source" you should at least read what you are about to post stop embarasing yourself

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:12 1

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Here you go, some of your
"4.3 bugs" and what they actually are
http://www.imgur.com/A0WzUiu.png

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:17 2

11. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Android 4.3 was released on 24th July and iOS 7 was released on 18th September. Lol, what a douche!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:24

17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sorry, my mistake, I thought that talks goes about 4.2, I was in the rush. And anyway my statement "Android OS has much more features compared to iOS 7 so chance to find a bug is greater." still stands the ground. Also read protozeloz comment #9.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:41 1

22. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Android 4.2 was introduced even earlier! 13 November 2012! LOL, height of douchery!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:54

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Android 4.2 was introduced even earlier!"

Exactly!

No read my comment #17 and try to understand it again instead of insulting.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:02 2

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


o be honest iOS was announced on the summer (back with marverics), anyways the "page full of android bugs" are not even 4.3 related bugs many are based on development applications (mainly the new beta android studio) or isolated issues they people post (like my 3G sucks or I can't get how to work my galaxy S4)

Real bug trackers are not on that page...

Also calling someone a douche doesn't make you right

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:21

64. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Thank you, protozeloz.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:13 1

33. Sauce (unregistered)


Exactly. How old is 4.3 and iOS7.

More time to clean stuff up on 4.3, seeing that it's been out for a while.

iOS7 was just released. Coming out of beta doesn't mean it has been cleansed of all unholy evils that will haunt devices with minuscule flaws.

It is reasonable that there are bugs on iOS7, and it is also reasonable that bugs will consistently exist on ANY platform. It's just a matter of execution, which is a different topic as a whole.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:02

63. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


iOS7 was just released and there is already so many bugs and it was exactly my point.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:10 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


EH dude, many of those aren't 4.3 bugs some are for android studio (an application) witch is in beta, and development related bugs/suggestions

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