Harvard University Website Compromised

| February 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website was hacked into on Sunday with a number of of its database files exposed on a peer-to-peer file sharing network.

According to reports, the impostors published a zip file that contained a directory structure for the website in addition to the logins and passwords for some of the system’s administrators. There was in addition a note attached to the file that ridiculed Harvard’s alleged lack of security on its server.

Up to Wednesday the website remained offline while computing officials at the graduate school examined the unpleasant incident. Despite sensitive information getting leaked, officials say that no personal information about the students or professors was obtained by the hackers.

It is thought that as of Monday afternoon, the compromised file was being distributed by 11 users, or “seeders,” and was being downloaded by nine “leechers.”

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