Altering the Gradebook

10 November 2017 in Digital Download


On Wednesday, a Vietnamese business student earned 16 weeks in jail after hacking into his professor’s account to change his final exam grades. 22-year-old brain genius Tran Gia Hung gained access to the account by “watching the professor typing slowly”, and just guessing the password. In addition to his jail time, Hung also lost his scholarship, possibly forcing him to pay tuition in 2017 - which, I would argue, should be considered cruel and unusual. While he was in the school’s system, Hung also lowered the grades of two unlucky students, which goes to show that you should never cross a nerd. Especially if they’re the type of nerd that fails final exams. Those are the dangerous ones. Read More >

The High Price of Coding Errors


Cloud communications platform Twilio took a dive in shares after a coding error exposed calls and text messages across over 180 million phones. According to Appthority, Twilio’s developers “mistakenly” coded the credentials relating to calling and text messages, allowing hackers to ‘eavesdrop’ on users by accessing a Twilio developer’s account. And, judging by their coding skills, I can’t imagine the average Twilio developer has the strongest password. It just so happens that Twilio’s code is used in around 700 different apps, including Uber and Netflix, making this a criminally liberal use of the word “mistakenly”. Read More >


Still Refusing to Use the White House Stationary


During his tour of South Korea and China, President Trump used a cornucopia of devices - including his personal cell phone - to tweet various thank-yous and nuclear threats throughout the week. On Wednesday, from a desktop computer in Beijing, Trump tweeted to Chinese President Xi Jinping, “On behalf of Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon”. Presumably, in place of a phone call, Twitter was the more accessible option for a visitor of the famously security-lenient People’s Republic. Prior to the trip, the White House raised a myriad of cybersecurity and diplomacy concerns with 45’s social media habit. However, the Chinese government signaled that if Trump wanted to tweet, nobody would stop him. In related news, 26-year-old Deng Jiewei is currently serving nine months in a Chinese jail for selling access to VPN services. Whoops!  Read More >