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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GMU Email System Hacked!

I was surprised to see this message in my GMU's mail inbox with the subject line" Election Day Update" from office of the Provost. The original message is below:

To the Mason Community:

Please note that Election Day has been moved to November 5th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Peter N. Stearns Provost

Soon after that I received another message from the same source but this time this is the original guy from George Mason University stating:

Dear Colleagues, It has come to my attention early this morning that a message was hacked into the system fraudulently stating that Election Day has been moved. I am sure everybody realizes this is a hoax, it is also a serious offense and we are looking into it. Please be reminded that Election Day is today, November 4th.

Peter N. Stearns Provost

George Mason University official Daniel Walsch says "Not many people have that level of access, if we can find out who did it; we will do what we can to prosecute the individual. This is very serious."

I wonder he said "Not many" then what is taking long to figure out who did it.

Read more on Brian Krebs's Computer Security blog at washingtonpost.com

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