Cyber attack on Yale University
In 2002, Yale University’s computer was hacked to obtain information about admissions decisions. The cybercriminal gained access to candidate data and acceptance/rejection status information.
Surprisingly the cybercriminal turned out to be the director of admissions at Princeton University. The director used the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of Princeton applicants who had also applied to Yale for access to the system.
Princeton apologized for the spying, suspended its admissions director, and promised to conduct an internal investigation and cooperate with other investigators. It was an embarrassing incident for both colleges and also, the first reported case of cyber espionage. Someway, the hack turned out to be a useful event that helped Yale’s cybersecurity team strengthen its internet security.
Today, hacking is not a question of “if,” but “when. No matter how secure your university system is, you need to take extra steps to keep your student data safe.
Source: AXA XL