Defending the Digital Gates: Universities and Cyber Security

Kevin Lizarazo writes:

More than a year and a half ago, in a computer lab in Stony Brook University, Peter Yeh and his friend sat down at their terminals with one goal: to hack into a computer system.

The target was the school’s SOLAR System, a web-based service for students and faculty to manage their accounts with the university. It had a gaping security hole. A flaw in such a system can allow for serious incidents involving data loss or identity theft and unauthorized access to view grades, register for classes, pay bills, apply for financial aid, request transcripts or vote in elections.

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