Anonymous Hackers Take Down School District Site over Student Tracking System

The cyberattack comes after NISD wanted to expel a student for not wearing an RFID tag

The Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio made a lot of headlines last week, after threatening to expel a student that refused to participate in their radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking program.

At the end of last week, a court delayed the school district’s plans to expel the student but, in the meantime, some Anonymous hackers decided to take the matter into their own hands and took down the NISD website.

The hacker who took credit for the attack told HotHardware that “these 'student locator' programs are ultimately aimed at getting students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy, and wherever you go and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government.”

NISD has already invested a lot of money in the Student Locator Program, which is set to be implemented in 112 schools in Texas. The program’s main goal is to “make schools safer.”

However, the project has already sparked a lot of controversy, many students refusing to wear the tags for various reasons, including because of their religious beliefs.

At the time of writing, the website of NISD was still offline.

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