Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis
We don't need no education - except in web programming
Hackers have attacked the world's top 100 universities in a protest against tuition fees and what's deemed to be a falling quality of education.
Anonymous-affiliated Team GhostShell dumped information from 120,000 user accounts and student records after raiding servers at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, Cambridge and Imperial College London. Universities in Moscow, Rome and Tokyo were also hit in a string of database breaches that spanned three continents.
The leaked data includes email addresses, passwords, the names of students and faculty members, event schedules, and information best kept private. The sensitive records, obtained in a campaign dubbed Project West Wind, were uploaded to the web and linked to from a lengthy manifesto published on Pastebin. Curiously, the miscreants chose to use trendy source-code vault GitHub to host a collection of the snaffled databases.
The hacking crew said many of the university systems it infiltrated were already riddled with malware, a claim that is unfortunately all too believable. The dumped files contain URLs to PHP-scripted pages on the targeted institutions' websites, along with the contents of SQL tables, suggesting that SQL injection attacks were used to extract information from the systems.
GhostShell previously surfaced with the leak of documents and data lifted from government agencies, banks and consulting firms back in August. ®
So lemme get this straight...
To protest the fees that students have to pay, Anonymous hacks the universities' servers and posts the students' info. So now not only is the students' info made public, they will have to pay higher fees to cover the cleanup of this mess.
Have I got that right? What am I missing that makes this a positive thing that will help change the world etc.?
Re: OK, so to make a point...
Oh, don't be a sodding arsehole. There are jobs requiring degree level qualifications; I don't begrudge them this requirement (who wants a doctor operating on them who has NOT got the right qualifications, for example?) but to say that it's paying to get into a fucking 'club' is quite frankly the biggest load of complete bollocks that I've heard in my 48 years on this mortal coil, and I drive heavy vehicles for a living, and have heard pretty much every sodding sea story known to man, so again, don't be a sodding arsehole.
OK, so to make a point...
...anonymous publish personally identifiable data - names, email addresses and passwords, belonging to students who are being forced to pay the fees in the first place. Now for the Faculty members I can just about follow the childish thinking behind publishing the stuff, however wrong and fucking retarded it might be, but then they went after the students as well?
Someone tell me how the fuck that helps the poor bastards?
To remind these fucktards, It was politicians who made the decision to charge fees in seats of higher education over here. Not students. not faculty members. Why didn't you Anonymous keyboard warrior chickenshits go after the politicians instead? Oh yeah, too difficult, and oh yeah, they might send the lads in black choppers after you, wouldn't want a real-deal Call Of Duty delivery on your doormat now, would you? Might upset mummy and daddy a bit. Might make 'em ground you for oh, all eternity.
These anonymous people must either be the most retarded halfwits in the universe, or merely a bunch of "fuck everyone" fucktards who can't hold down a proper job for more than a picosecond.
They seem to think it's funny.
I think it's a fail of the highest order. And that's the polite version.