Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Business Technology : Data Breach of the Day: Election-Eve Skullduggery

A scary sign of the times…

About 35,000 students, faculty and staff at George Mason University received an email at 1:16 am Tuesday alerting them that the election had been moved to Wednesday. Normally it would be easy to dismiss such a claim as junk – except in this case the email came from George Mason’s provost.

To dispense with the obvious: The election hasn’t been moved and it wasn’t really the provost who sent the email. Instead, someone managed to break into the provost’s account and send the message to a privately maintained address list, Dan Walsch, a university spokesman, tells the Business Technology Blog. News of the hack was earlier reported by the Washington Post.

Business Technology : Data Breach of the Day: Election-Eve Skullduggery

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