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Members of Team GhostShell recently hit 100 universities to protest increasing tuition fees and a decline in the quality of education.
"We have set out to raise awareness towards the changes made in today's education, how new laws imposed by politicians affect us, our economy and overall, our way of life," the hackers wrote on Pastebin. "How far we have ventured from learning valuable skills that would normally help us be prepared in life, to just, simply memorizing large chunks of text in exchange for good grades. How our very own traditions are heard less and less, losing touch with who we truly are. Slowly casting the identities, that our ancestors fought to protect, into exile."
"Anonymous-affiliated Team GhostShell dumped information from 120,000 user accounts and student records after raiding servers at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, Cambridge and Imperial College London," writes The Register's John Leyden. "Universities in Moscow, Rome and Tokyo were also hit in a string of database breaches that spanned three continents. The leaked data includes email addresses, passwords, the names of students and faculty members, event schedules, and information best kept private."
"The campaign, which the group has dubbed 'Project WestWind,' has revealed vulnerabilities in university systems that could put hundreds of thousands more records at risk, the group says," writes Dark Reading's Tim Wilson.
"Earlier this year, Ghostshell claimed responsibility for the Hellfire leak which stole one million user accounts from roughly 100 website owned by government agencies, banks and consulting firms," writes ZDNet's Charlie Osborne. "According to the group's Twitter feed, it seems they plan to 'head back East' for the next project."