Archive for the ‘universities’ Category.
At Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:
Earlier this week, a hacker infiltrated the website of a company in France, defacing the site and using it to send vulgar emails. The hacker was not a Rose-Hulman student. But through a router maintained by a Rose-Hulman student, the hacker was able to do this anonymously.
The student, senior computer science major David Yip, was maintaining a router on his computer called a Tor onion router.
There are many ways to describe this activity: exercise of freedom, negligence, lack of due diligence, accomplice or accessory to crime. Is it a social contribution or an anti-social practice? Drawing the lines is very difficult (as legislators trying to ban open access points will discover).
One example of how universities do tend to have a stricter social compact than, say, ISPs.
[via Justin Mason]
As a former university information security officer I take particular interest in these things (this could be you):
Hacker compromises data at George Mason University – Computerworld:
The names, photos and Social Security numbers of more than 32,000 students and staff at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., have been compromised as the result of a hacker attack against the university’s main ID server.
The attack was discovered during a routine review of system files and prompted the school to disconnect the compromised server from the network, according to an e-mail sent to members of the university community yesterday by Joy Hughes, the school’s vice president for information technology.
Georgetown University sends spam and faces the wrath of one of its own students.
I’m also getting a little tired of “call for paper” spam sent by otherwise-legitimate conference organizers to lists of web-harvested email addresses. My most frequent offenders will remain nameless for now, but only because I’m busy.
Just because you’re not a fraudulent criminal enterprise doesn’t mean you’re not a spammer.
It would not be a bad thing if everyone started worrying about CAN-SPAM being enforced against them.
for the UIUC CS Department.
University of Tennessee Implements 802.11i (and MAC registration to support legacy machines).
Wi-Fi Networking News]
Keeping track of my colleagues down the street:
ClusterWorld | University at Buffalo Adds IBM Blades:
The new supercomputer, capable of a peak performance of more than 1.32 TeraFlops, will consist of a cluster of 266 IBM eServer� BladeCenter� HS20 systems running Red Hat Advance Server 2.1 Linux, each with two 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors and 1.0 GB of memory. Seven IBM xSeries 345 Intel processor-based servers connect to 5 terabytes (TB) of IBM FAStT700 Storage to house large volumes of biological and research data. The supercomputer forms the basis of the IBM eServer Cluster 1350, a pre-packaged and tested supercluster that is ultra-dense and incredibly easy to manage.
This might be affecting the University of Rochester (I’m looking into it):
Trouble with Chinese applicants/customers reaching your web site?
Maybe your DNS server is blocked.
See the excellent summary of the situation from Zittrain and Edelman:
Empirical Analysis of Internet Filtering in China.
Caltech, Columbia, MIT, and U.Virginia are known victims. NorthWestern U
is also affected.
Did this problem increase in November?
See notes in interesting-people
Interestingly, as of today, only one (Columbia) of the five .edu zones listed above has off-site secondary DNS servers.