(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick



MBA Admissions Results Hacked

from the welcome... dept

It appears that universities still haven't totally gotten the hang of the whole electronic admissions process. In the past, we've had stories about admission acceptance emails caught by spam filters, rejected applicants being sent emails saying they were accepted and (everyone's favorite) the case where Princeton admissions officials hacked into Yale's servers to see who they were admitting. The latest isn't quite as serious, but apparently over-anxious MBA applicants got an early notice as someone posted details on Business Week's online forums on how to hack into a service that hosts admissions letters for a number of business schools to see whether or not they had been accepted before the official announcements are sent. Of course, the only real "damage" here was people finding out earlier whether or not they got in -- but it does show how some of these systems still need to be a bit more secure.

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