At Laptop-Spying School MacBook Use Was Mandatory, Tampering Grounds For Expulsion

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Details continue to trickle out about Lower Merion School District, their MacBook loan program, and the unsavory security practices they used to keep those computers safe. The latest: the school-supplied MacBooks were required for classes and students could not use their own personal machines in their place. Worse yet, it was impossible to disable the laptops' iSight cameras and attempting to circumvent the school's security software was grounds for expulsion. Yeeps.


All of this information comes courtesy of two security researchers, "Stryde" and Aaron Rhodes, who have pored over the relevant LMSD materials and even gone so far as to reverse-engineer LANRev, the snooping software Lower Merion installed on its computers.

Of course, the people behind LANRev are now trying to distance themselves from the school district as much as possible—"We discourage any customer from taking theft recovery into their own hands," their head of marketing explained—even though Mike Perbix, Lower Merion's network technician, was featured prominently in a LANRev promotional video from 2008.

Of course, not everyone's taking the matter so darn seriously. A parody t-shirt, pictured above, is now making the rounds, which you can find on Zazzle. [StrydeHax via BoingBoing]



The school gave these kids that laptops to use so the school has rights to see what the kids are doing with the laptops, granted its tax payer money and all that but if you lost or destroyed a book when I went to school you had to pay for it. If it’s a personal laptop then they should spy unless the kids are using the schools network then its fair game