Original BBC article here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47805451
Just TWO HOURS. That’s all it took to breach the Cyber Defenses of UK Universities, the home of some of our brightest minds of the future.
It’s not clear from the article what vulnerabilities were used to get to the sensitive data however we can assume that these places know very well what they are doing and how to protect themselves yet still they got breached.
I remember always looking around the network when I was at college (many years) ago trying to find something exciting. I wasn’t looking for any particular data and had no intention to copy, distribute or use it in anyway, it was just fun to practice some of the lessons that I was being taught. For that very reason the staff there would always be upgrading and adding new security and I’d flag up any weaknesses I found.