Hacker Pwns U of W Classroom Projectors

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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In what can only mildly be referred to as a "prank", a hacker dressed as the fabled Guy Fawkes took over multiple classroom projectors at the University of Washington, displaying a four minute video that lambasted the school's IT department and the campus squirrel population.

The attack, which was not amusing to university officials in the least, was designed to replay the video every hour throughout the day on dozens of classroom projectors used for lectures.

The unknown hacker was kind enough to leave a batch file on a university server which would disable the attack and cease the video presentations.

The incident is characteristic of a long line of prestige attacks in which hackers perform some level of disruption in order to gain notoriety and satisfy their own egos, but the authorities and university administration are taking the incident seriously.

“Childish pranks just don’t have a place anymore,” said Darin Watkins, spokesman for the university.

Source:  http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/v-for-vendetta-hacker-strikes-at-washington-state-university/

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