UNL tightens computer security after hacking

The Associated Press reports:

A 24-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln student has been charged with hacking into his ex-girlfriend’s computer account, prompting the university to tighten its computer system’s security.

Graduate student Mauricio Martinez Eusso guessed the answers to his former girlfriend’s password questions, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Police said he then changed her password and dropped her from three courses for which she had registered.

Martinez was charged Tuesday in Lancaster County with unauthorized computer access causing damage, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The incident, reported Aug. 22, led the university to change to its new student account system, which is being used for the first time this fall at all four NU campuses as well as Nebraska’s three state colleges.

Read more in the Beatrice Daily Sun. It seems that the uni’s response to this incident is to lower the maximum number of attempts allowed from 10 to 5.

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