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3/11/2019
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Hackers Break into System That Houses College Application Data

More than 900 colleges and universities use Slate, owned by Technolutions, to collect and manage information on applicants.

As if applying to college wasn't nerve-wracking enough: Last week hackers broke into a system that houses prospective students' application data, then promised students access to their files — for the price of a single Bitcoin.

More than 900 colleges and universities use Slate, owned by Technolutions, to collect and manage information on applicants. Three colleges were affected by the breach: Oberlin College in Ohio, Grinnell College in Iowa, and Hamilton College in New York. Prospective students were sent emails promising access to confidential information, including comments from admissions officers  and tentative acceptance decisions, upon payment of a Bitcoin. Later emails offered limited subsets of student files for $60.

No other universities were affected by the breach, Technolutions said. Oberlin, Grinnell, and Hamilton advised prospective students not to pay the attackers and said they are working with law enforcement on the case.

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REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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3/14/2019 | 2:47:07 PM
Re: Not again
Thanks much for the clarification --- yeap, always another way in. 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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3/13/2019 | 3:45:11 PM
Re: Not again
Thanks for the summation. I wanted to read further but since I don't have a subsciption to WSJ and don't intend to unblock ads for the Washington Post I cannot. What SSO Solution was in use? This is a rather large flaw allowing anyone to reset a password without valid authentication that you are the owner of the account.
ColeMaddox
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ColeMaddox,
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3/11/2019 | 2:21:30 PM
Re: Not again
This article is click bait. The systems were not "hacked." What has been reported is that the three schools in question had a flaw in their password reset protocol that allowed unauthorized users to reset passwords. So it wasn't Slate, rather it was the SSO password reset solution in use at the schools.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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3/11/2019 | 2:07:45 PM
Not again
And who opened up the infected email that brought this one down?
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