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MIT Says it Won't Admit Hackers

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Thu, 10 Mar 2005 07:28:24 -0500

Business school joins Harvard in decision

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff | March 9, 2005

The dean of MIT's Sloan School of Management yesterday said Sloan will
join Harvard Business School in rejecting applications from
prospective students who hacked into a website last week to learn
whether they had been admitted before they were formally notified.

Stanford's Graduate School of Business, meanwhile, asked its own
applicant-hackers to come forward and explain their actions, in a sign
that the California school soon may take tougher action as well.

Thirty-two applicants apparently sought an early peek at the
confidential data in their admission files at Sloan, while 41 files
were targeted at Stanford and 119 at Harvard. Harvard on Monday became
the second victimized business school to say outright it would not
admit proven hackers. The first was Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of
Business, where one admission file was violated.

Those schools, along with Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and
Duke's Fuqua School of Business, all use an independent website run by
ApplyYourself Inc. of Fairfax, Va., to receive applications and, in
some cases, manage communications with applicants.

After midnight last Wednesday, hundreds of business school admission
files were targeted by computers around the globe when a hacker posted
detailed instructions on a BusinessWeek Online forum. Most of the
hackers saw only blank screens, though some who accessed admission
files at Harvard viewed preliminary decision information.

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