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LA School District Halts IPad Distribution Program After Students Hack Devices

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Los Angeles Unified School District officials have put the brakes on their plan to give every single student in the district an iPad because the limited number of iPads that were distributed at one high school have already been hacked. 300 students who got iPads from Theodore Roosevelt High School were able to hack the devices so they could access the Web and peruse social media sites. It took them less than a week.

"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," School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman wrote in a memo. "I want to prevent a `runaway train' scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the rollout."

In addition to Roosevelt, Westchester High and the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences also reported problems with hacked iPads, Fox News reported.

Roosevelt students changed the security settings on the iPads after "they took them home and they can't do anything with them," said senior student Alfredo Garcia.

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The students used the hacked devices to send tweets, socialize on Facebook and stream music through Pandora.

Superintendent John Deasy "ordered a moratorium on allowing tablets to leave campus until the problem has been resolved," the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement.

Sources: Fox News, Los Angeles Times