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MIT To End Open-Network Policy In Response To Recent Attacks 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the ruining-it-for-everybody dept.
An anonymous reader writes "MIT announced that despite a long history of running an open network (so that any student can run a server on any port, without any questions asked), it will now end this policy due to recent denial-of-service attacks and gunman hoax. From a letter sent by Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz: 'I am deeply and personally committed to safeguarding our community, protecting our campus and securing our systems. Together with our colleagues dedicated to campus safety and security, with the support of senior academic leadership and in collaboration with the campus community, we are deploying all necessary resources to this effort. It will require the dedication of all of us to promote safety awareness, complete necessary emergency training, and adhere to reinforced cyber security guidelines. IS&T staff members are working with information technology (IT) leadership and partners across campus in making the changes described above. We continue to explore all opportunities to further strengthen our preparedness, and will communicate additional information as these plans evolve.'"
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MIT To End Open-Network Policy In Response To Recent Attacks

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  • by murdocj (543661) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @10:17PM (#43354709)

    I mean, yes, this is Slashdot, so the kneejerk reactions are appropriate, but if you bother to read the article, the changes are just plain common sense. They are going to enforce reasonable passwords, and if you want to have an externally accessible server, you either need to use a VPN, or opt out of the security policy. All this foaming at the mouth about the end of academic freedom sounds a lot like the NRA freaking out when someone proposes limiting how many rounds you can fire off at a time without reloading.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer