iPod Considered “Criminal Tool” in Ohio Data Theft Case

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 13:12
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The Toledo Blade has a story about a former junior of Clay High School being charged with unauthorized computer access, after downloading school personnel and student files onto his iPod.
The student, whose name hasn’t been released, has been charged with a felony crime while his iPod was termed “a criminal tool” since it was used in the incident, commented Oregon City Police Detective Janet Zale.
John Hall, Superintendent for the Oregon City school system, commented that “two certified high school staff” members have also received written reprimands in the incident for their “inaction or lack of follow-through”.
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The Toledo Blade has a story about a former junior of Clay High School being charged with unauthorized computer access, after downloading school personnel and student files onto his iPod.
The student, whose name hasn’t been released, has been charged with a felony crime while his iPod was termed “a criminal tool” since it was used in the incident, commented Oregon City Police Detective Janet Zale.
John Hall, Superintendent for the Oregon City school system, commented that “two certified high school staff” members have also received written reprimands in the incident for their “inaction or lack of follow-through”.
The incident occurred on January 11th when the student accessed the school’s personnel files and copied sensitive data to the iPod. The suspect later argued with a fellow student who had accused him of cheating, responding by threatening to open a credit card account in her name and ruin her credit rating. The student claimed she’d witnessed the suspect copying the files to his own computer.
When confronted, the suspect claimed the files had simply appeared on his computer, according to the police report.
Witnesses to the incident claimed the suspect and a friend were holding a loud conversation earlier in the day and were looking “intently” at a computer screen. The suspect’s iPod was later confiscated turned over to the Toledo Police Department and Defiance County Sheriff’s Department with the copied files on it.
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