Because most high-tech criminals aren’t as accommodating as one recent university hacker, Georgia’s 35 public colleges and universities and network of public libraries are implementing new policies designed to tighten the security of their computers, reports the Augusta Chronicle. Last week, University of Georgia officials began investigating the case of a hacker who contacted the school to report a security vulnerability. The hacker accessed only dummy computer pages and reported a vulnerability the school had already discovered, according to UGA spokesman Tom Jackson. Even though the hacker might have professed pure intentions, snooping around someone else’s computer is against the law. As much as 83 percent of the traffic on the computer network for the public colleges and libraries is unwelcome, according to Stan Gatewood, the chief of information security with the University System of Georgia. Gatewood was hired in August, and since the first of the year, the University System’s Board of Regents has passed additional computer-security policies, including one at this month’s meeting. The policies are designed to safeguard data, develop protocols on passwords and information sharing, and create strategies to ensure computer networks function despite natural disasters…

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