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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by roundball View Post
    Isn't there a Computer Science class that's required for just about every major? The one where they teach you how to use Microsoft Office?
    If it wasn't required, it was the easiest 4 credit online class you could take.
    So, I'm sure a lot of people took it required or not.

    (I think it was 4 credits? I could be wrong as it was a decade ago)



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    Not anymore
    Whoa, whoa, whoa...

    You're telling me Comp Sci 103 is no more? How are people supposed to get the easiest 4 credits of "A" conceivably possible?

    And to be honest, I actually did learn a few things in that class, mainly shortcuts that I wouldn't have found out on my own. Certainly not anywhere near 4 credits worth. But a few pointers.



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Whoa, whoa, whoa...

    You're telling me Comp Sci 103 is no more? How are people supposed to get the easiest 4 credits of "A" conceivably possible?

    And to be honest, I actually did learn a few things in that class, mainly shortcuts that I wouldn't have found out on my own. Certainly not anywhere near 4 credits worth. But a few pointers.
    Like said above, Im sure its still around, just isnt required


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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    I'd better un-friend ISU so I can sue the pants off of them



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Well, now Iowa State will know why if I'm not able to donate to them in the future. "Uh, you let people steal my identity and money."

    (I will donate to them in the future.)


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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    I took 4 years of Spanish and all I got was a stolen identity apparently.



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    I took 4 years of Spanish and all I got was a stolen identity apparently.
    En espanol por favor.



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    What a heartbleed.


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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    What are the odds they will check that Latin class in 2007 that I pass/failed because I was getting like a 12%?



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    We're lucky the scope is rather limited to just those departments. Sounds like if the hacker really wanted to, they could have accessed a number of other records, but it sounds like they just gained access to just a small collection of servers so they "lower their risk" of drawing attention to their bitcoin operation.


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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    How do you "create" bitcoins? And why do you need big servers for it? Aren't they just a form of digital currency?



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    JP is obviously trying make some bitcoins to add to Fred's contract.....



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    bet it was 2015!
    Quote Originally Posted by isuska View Post
    my thought exactly
    Everyone knows that servers are the worst for generating bitcoins efficiently. One decent graphics card can out compute a server for bitcoins (Graphics cards are 100x better for the bitcoin algorithm)

    So no... it wasn't me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    How do you "create" bitcoins? And why do you need big servers for it? Aren't they just a form of digital currency?
    Basically bitcoins get created whenever a certain number of bitcoin transactions get verified by other computers. To verify a transaction, it takes A LOT of computing power. Now times that by like a million and that's how many transactions you need to verify before bitcoins get released to you. (It is mainly team oriented now but I don't wanna get into that). But basically the more computing power you have, the more bitcoins you can get created for you or your team. Though servers are incredibly inefficient.

    It is a little more complicated than that but I don't want to get too technical here.

    But my main concern is with ISU's security regarding classes and departments just straight up having social security numbers. This means that literally every department you've ever had a class in has your SS# and name attached to it. First off that is an incredibly wasteful database practice, let alone huge security concern. All a department should need is a Student ID #. I hope this triggers a massive overhaul of that system.

    I honestly don't believe the "hacker" was looking for social security numbers though. If they know that this person was doing bitcoin stuff then he/she left a major trail and was very careless. He/she probably didn't even know that data was on there.

    Lastly, ISU is giving you a year of data protection just like Target did. I would suggest waiting as long as possible until the final date you can sign up. If the "hacker" was trying to find out the social security numbers then they will wait until everyone's year is up. So if it is just a coupon, honestly wait 6-9 months before even making an account.


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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    I took 4 years of Spanish and all I got was a stolen identity apparently.
    Enjoy your adventure



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    Re: ISU Data Breach

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    If it wasn't required, it was the easiest 4 credit online class you could take.
    So, I'm sure a lot of people took it required or not.

    (I think it was 4 credits? I could be wrong as it was a decade ago)

    Do they still require Library 160?



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