Hackers exploit university and airport weakspots

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U.S. regional press is reporting two hacking incidents, affecting a University database and Erie International Airport.

The airport, in Pennsylvania, has been hacked into three times within the last year. The hacker announced himself on the airport's website as the "Turkish Hacker" prompting theories it may be the same person that defaced Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska earlier this year.

Officials played down the incident. "It turned out to be a lot of inconvenience to the airport ... but as these problems go, this was hardly even a fender bender," said Larry Reymore Office Machines Sales & Service Co., which supplies, maintains and runs virus protection on airport computer hardware in an interview with Pennsylvania's Times Leader.

Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks database was also hacked into through Montana State University, where it is housed. The hacker was able to access information, including social security numbers, of a number of hunters in the area, including information about where and when they hunted.

Speaking to the Harve Daily News a spokesman for the department claimed the University computer system lacked several security features, including a firewall. The state agency accepted full responsibility for the breach.


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