QuickWire: Contractor Says He Hacked Maryland Network to Expose Flaws

A former employee of a University of Maryland contractor has told The Baltimore Sun that he breached the university’s network in an effort to highlight cybersecurity flaws that he said were being ignored.

The employee, David Helkowski, was with a company hired to work on a university website when, he said, he noticed and reported security flaws. When no action was taken to correct them, he said, he took administrators’ information, including President Wallace D. Loh’s Social Security and cellphone numbers, and posted it online. He is now under FBI investigation.

Maryland publicly reported the incident on March 20. It followed on the heels of a major breach at the university in February in which the records of 287,580 students and staff were stolen.

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