ETSU lacks real privacy for students
East Tennessean photographer Matt Brown is just one of many students that was almost scammed by a false email sent to students. Matt Brown
Recent events here at East Tennessee State University have made me begin to question my privacy with ETSU's servers.
This past week, an apparent email was sent out to female students asking them to apply for a job as a nanny for a Chinese expatriate.
Upon reading the email presumably sent from OIT, I thought nothing of it as I am not a woman, nor would I be interested in such a job.
Sitting outside my class, waiting for it to start a girl comes out in the hallway talking to her friend.
Frantically, she was explaining to her friend that she had actually applied for the job, sent in a rÃ©sumÃ© as well as references with contact information for her and her friends to this supposed employer.
That was when I realized what this email could do.
Not only would it be able to contact the girl and her references, it would be able to hack into any information she willingly gave out, including her email.
This is not the first time students' information has been susceptible to hacking.
Earlier this month, ETSU students received another email from OIT warning that a "suspicious" email had been sent out requesting students' usernames and passwords to perform an email server upgrade.
Again, this gives a gateway into students' personal information.
My question is what is ETSU doing to protect us?
Already this semester, two emails have been sent out requesting our information, covering up what they are really doing.
In the four years I've been at ETSU, I have never seen such a break in the system.
Understandably, things get by, and OIT has been able to catch these hacks before they become an epidemic, but they should not have happened in the first place.
Servers, like student emails, should be kept on lockdown considering they use the same log-in information as our Goldlink accounts, which house all of our personal financial information as well as where we live.
Happenings along this line should not be occurring, and I cannot wait to see what measures ETSU will be creating to make sure this will not happen again.
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