Network Security Fails at Harvard

Storefront Backtalk reports that a Harvard University activist was recently indicted after walking into an unguarded basement on the MIT campus, connecting a laptop and spending the next two months illegally downloading millions of documents from a university archive.

Network security failed when the activist connected a laptop to a switch in a network wiring closet. The man claimed he was liberating millions of documents in an MIT archive of academic journals called JSTOR, and although MIT’s network security team had spotted and blocked his access a month before, once he connected directly to the switch, he was attacking from an unexpected direction and network security didn’t notice for months.

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