[ISN] Prankster broadcasts message to WSU students

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:21:21 -0600 (CST)

By Elinor Mills 
InSecurity Complex
CNet News
November 10, 2010

Washington State University police are trying to find out who hijacked 
the school's computer system on Friday and broadcast on classroom video 
screens throughout the day a bizarre rant by someone wearing a "V for 
Vendetta" costume.

The hacker took over the large video screens in 34 classrooms in two 
buildings on the Pullman, Wash., campus, Tom Ambrosi, WSU chief 
information security officer, told CNET today. "They played the video 
once an hour throughout the day," until campus employees managed to shut 
it off shortly before 5 p.m. PT.

"I can't say how they got in," Ambrosi said, adding that his office 
turned over evidence to the campus police. "We don't know who is 
responsible. We are investigating."

The video duplicates a scene in the movie "V for Vendetta" in which a 
masked vigilante broadcasts his antigovernment message on British 
television. The WSU incident took place on November 5, which was Guy 
Fawkes Night, named in honor of a conspirator in a plot to assassinate 
King James I and blow up the UK Houses of Parliament in 1605.

In the nearly-four-minute-long video, the masked person complains about 
a campus overrun by squirrels "who enter without ambitions and with no 
outward enthusiasm for the fantastic academic culture that this 
University might otherwise have." He also chastises the school for lax 
information technology security practices.


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