Harvard Business School redefines "hacking"

8 03 2005

After finding out that a bunch of applicants knew, ahead of their official notification, that they had been accepted or not, HBS decided to disallow them admission based on their “hacking” activities. A couple of scary points here:

  1. Hacking is not, and never will be simply changing the URL to see if it brings back a result.  If you publish something on the open InterNet and don’t have it passworded, then it’s tough nuggies to you if people get the information and you don’t want them to.
  2. What if someone ELSE “hacked“ the URL for your application?  Would you be S.O.L.?  Sort of a denial of service concept.  How do they determine “beyond reasonable doubt – to keep them from thaving their collective asses sued off“ who actually “hacked“ the system?

I don’t like it.  I don’t like it at all.




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