Military cadets play cybercops

Wednesday, 21 April 2004, 10:02 AM EST

Sitting in a room draped with camouflage netting, U.S. Military Academy Cadet Lorilyn Woods noticed an irregularity in the information streaming across her computer screen Tuesday. Someone had broken into an Army computer network and helped themselves to the master password list.

"They have administrative access, which is a problem for us," said Woods, a senior from Orlando, Fla.

Though the passwords were encrypted -- and would take a major effort to crack -- the hacker was using his new privileges to make new user-accounts, allowing him to disguise himself as a legitimate user on the military network and compounding the difficulties for cadets trying to minimize the damage.

By at the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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