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More universities take action to block unpatched/infected computers
Back to school season continues in North America, and more universities are taking stronger actions concerning unpatched and infected computers. At least two universities are now charging students $25-$30 everytime their computers are infected and need to be cleaned before being allowed back on the school network. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25845-2003Sep4.html >More than 6,000 students that had yet to apply the needed patches did so, >but hundreds of other students ignored the advice and were promptly >booted from the university network, said Gerry Sneeringer, an IT >security officer at Maryland's Office of Information Technology. > >"There were a certain percentage of students that wouldn't listen to us >unless we hit them upside the head with a lockout," he said. "You simply >can't deal with these problems until you've got your network under >control." Universities have one big advantage; they are a campus and can distribute CDROMs with the fix or have students come to the computer center.