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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

isometrick Re:Dropcam (825 comments)

Hey, that's where I work! Thanks for the link!

Let me know if you guys have any questions -- email is greg at our domain.

Funny enough, the cameras do run Linux, but we're not 100% open source .... yet. :)

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isometrick isometrick writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Embarrassed UTA Alumnus (817436) writes "My former college, the University of Texas at Arlington, just made the now-all-to-common announcement that student data — including Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grades, etc. — were on several recently stolen personal computers. The computers were from the home of Computer Science Lecturer Ray Springston, and, perhaps more worrisome, they were the only stolen items in the incident. I had the displeasure of taking one of Springston's uninformed (and required) courses a few years ago, and anyone from his courses since the year 2000 is affected. In response, UTA is providing free 90-day "fraud monitoring" (not full credit reports), and no disciplinary action has been taken against Springston.

The data was not encrypted. He is one of many poor CS faculty at UTA, all conveniently guarded by each other, so I guess I shouldn't expect more from him in that area. More importantly, though, Springston should not have had this data on his personal computers, and he should not have had Social Security numbers at all. Furthermore, even without the concern of theft, I seriously question his personal need for years-old private student data. It is suspicious in the least.

The UTA PR department is already trying to bury the issue with vague claims of new efforts to hire a system-wide CIO who would be responsible for all 15 UT system campuses. Springston responds to the student newspaper with "no comment" each time they attempt to interview him.

I feel like the university should do more, including seeking disciplinary action against Springston. What can I do, short of keeping an eye on my credit and letting Springston et al. get away with yet another blunder?

P.S.: No, I don't know if he has any relation to Jerry Taylor from Tuttle (quite a resemblance, though, in more ways than just appearance). :)"


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