Bringing up problems at a school.

eigen

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Do you guys think it would be wise to bring up a security hole(numerous) I have found regarding one of my schools networks. I really don't think I should, as I just see me incurring more problems.As well as the fact that I imagine the IT people will just ignore me. But these security holes are rather important. I have thought of sending a anonymous letter to the school paper, but the school paper does not publish anonymous letters.

I guess it comes down to should one be whistleblower?
 

MacBaine

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Why don't you just send an anonymous letter to the IT guys if you are that worried about it...
 

Spoooon

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You make it sound like there is a cabal of school administrators that doesn't want anyone to reveal the weaknesses in the school's network. :D

Just tell someone, if they ignore you, that's their problem.
 

Amorphus

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Originally posted by: MacBaine
Why don't you just send an anonymous letter to the IT guys if you are that worried about it...

Put a txt file in a critical server saying "I told you so", and call it "BOOT.lNI" or something like that.
 

stev0

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Originally posted by: OrganizedChaos
don't do it, guarenteed bad things will happen to you

exactly.

if anyone remembers... i found a few printers at my school last year that were open to the world (with the help of a few atot members). when i sent an email to the IT department i was accused of all sorts of things, someone from the IT deparment at the school registered here and harassed me till the mods banned him. i was later kicked off the campus network (they just blocked the mac address of my wireless card). i ended up buying a new one and changing my IP on a weekly basis because they would keep blocking the unregistered ones.

definatly, keep your mouth shut and let them learn the hard way.
 

eigen

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I don't really expect the IT guys to take me seriuosly if they receive some e-mail
with the header anon@anon.org or something similar.

As per the cabal of administrators, I think that is the way the world works.You try and do something good and well, you get shat on..They would proably say that the how I learned about the problem violates the Appropiate use policy or whatever....

There are numerous problems all of them non-obvious, so even if I told IT I don't think they would worry.I just don't like the idea of all my fellow students using a network that could very easily be compromised..
 

IBuyUFO

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if you do tell then you will probably be accused of hacking the school's network. Just don't help anyone. It does not pay :)