Apparently I've "hacked" my school.
First off, to any members of my school's staff reading this, I've made a point not to include any staff names or the name of the school. These are the events rendered roughly from my memory of the event. I hope you do not find it necessary to confront me about the following negative post. Please take my criticism and use it constructively.
I've been meaning to write up a post on this for a couple of days now. Last friday my school accused me of bypassing their(admittedly poor) security. But before I go into a rant about that, here's a little backstory.
The week before Easter half term this year the librarian at my school saw myself and two friends on a DOS screen on a library computer. Now, being trained professionally with computers as I'm assured she is, she reported us for "A black screen with white text, and a white thing plugged into the computer", if I recall correctly. The "white thing" was my friend's external hard drive, and the DOS screen was the "safe mode" screen that windows gives you after the person before you forced a shutdown. Yeah.
So anyway, we're called into various offices and asked what we did (during our GCSE oriented lessons), to which we reply the truth: nothing to our knowledge. We were told that someone had been installing foreign operating systems all over the network, and they figured it was us.
They ask politely to take our various portable storage devices(of which I had two) and we allow them, just to provide evidence that we didn't do anything. Well, being the genius that I am, I use my memory stick for everything, including home work. This meant it contained a lot of abnormal files for a student. Namely, an ISO ready to burn to a disk containing ubuntu, which happened to be the exact foreign operating system I was talking about. The other drive I handed in was no better, it turned out it contained the Windows 8 developer preview(I think they thought i had pirated it).
Anyway, we get our stuff back, all is resolved, etc. They ask us not to connect our devices to the network, which I understand.
Fast forward a few months...
On friday, I was taking an ISA for physics. This is basically where you plan and complete an experiment in controlled conditions, and takes up the entire school day. At 10:40 I left for break as normal, where one of my friends told me that he was getting in trouble for using his laptop in school - something we both did and were told was okay, and it was repeated that we should not connect them to the network. Neither of us did. In fact, my friend was banned from the system at the time because of an unrelated incident.
I, wanting to cover my ass, told him we were going to go and find a copy of the ICT policy/agreement to double-check everything because, to the best of our knowledge, we were still abiding by it.
At the first log-in of every half term or so, we're forced to agree to the policy or be logged out. I figured we might find the policy in the local area of the computer, for some reason. After opening up the C drive in chrome(I find it's faster than windows explorer on their system, among other reasons), I browse into maybe one directory before realising, "Wait, shit, this is a stupid idea and I probably shouldn't be here". So I close it and go to the school website, and then to our online student forum(moodle). No joy, I don't find the agreement.
The bell goes signalling the end of break, so I log off and am just about to get up when the IT support manager, let's call him Tyrone, walks around the corner. He says we have to come to the head-teachers office. I tell Tyrone I have an ISA, and he tells me I have to come anyway.
Turns out the librarian told them she saw me "on her files" and that she could see me looking at her username, email etc. This is, you guessed it, obvious bullshit. Also, the software to record sessions on each computer apparently "Wasn't set up right" in that particular area. How strange that this apparently known issue wasn't fixed earlier, Tyrone.(I also accept that they may not have double checked the system, which is equally as worrying.)
So yeah, dragged out of exam, where they try and force me to admit to something they have no evidence that I did. yay.
I hate secondary school, sometimes.
TL; DR; i am leet hax0r