Wednesday, February 20th 2008

Harvard University Hacked; Backup of Server Databases Found on Bittorrent

While The Pirate Bay, itself, is not involved in any crime (which is really the only reason that groups like the RIAA haven't been able to get a conviction on any of the administrators just yet), it certainly is a host to all manner of evil. Most recently, the torrent tracker found a 125MB zip file, which turns out to be the backup from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. The torrent was actually seeded from a Harvard-based IP address, and carries all manner of information, passwords, and files. The .NFO file, in broken English, reads as follows:
Maybe you don’t like it but this is to demonstrate that persons like tgatton(admin of the server) in they don’t know how to secure a website.
This is the first security breach since 2005. Harvard is currently working on patching the breach, and at this point, the main website that was hacked is down.Source: TorrentFreak
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