[funsec] [Chronicle of Higher Education] - "Hacker Makes the 5th of November One to Remember"
shawnmer at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 08:44:43 CST 2010
"A hacker at Washington State University gave students and
information-technology staff members another reason to remember the
Fifth of November this year.
Students and instructors arriving for class on Friday morning were
greeted by a video message automatically beamed onto projector screens
in more than two dozen classrooms. The message was delivered by a
hacker dressed up as V, the Guy Fawkes-inspired anti-hero of the 2006
movie V for Vendetta. After hacking into the university’s academic
media system, which manages classroom-presentation and
distance-learning technology, the as-of-yet-unidentified culprit or
culprits programmed motorized screens to unfurl themselves and
scheduled projectors to broadcast the five-minute-long video once
every hour. The video—ostensibly a diatribe against campus squirrels
and a call to end student apathy—interrupted lectures and cut off
access for distance-learning students until the IT staff was able to
shut down the program in the early afternoon."
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