Darlene Storm
November 11, 2010

An anonymous hacker who calls himself “V” hijacked the projector systems in more than two dozen classrooms at Washington State University (WSU) last week. The hacker asked students to stand up to administrators and then invited them to meet on November Fifth, in one year, to take action on campus.

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By hacking into the university’s media services, V projected the video via the school’s distance-learning technology to WSU’s Todd and Sloan Halls. The video replicated a scene from the 2006 film V for Vendetta and called for students to break out of apathy and the “comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition” and to rise up against squirrels on campus.

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The Chronicle reported, IT officials had to unplug some computer hard drives to stop the hack. Darin Watkins, executive director of WSU external communications, stated, “It was a rather sophisticated program. Traditional ways of shutting down the software wouldn’t work.” Watkins also said no students’ personal or financial information was attached to the infected media system and the threat to the larger university system “was not very serious.”

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