Journal of Information Systems Education


This case—an examination of a real world break-in to a Web server—provides a forensic examination of what happened to the Jing An Telescope Factory (JATF) and a suggested model for preventing such attacks. The case specifically focuses on the “hack” break-in that is commonplace with Web servers and illustrates the well-known mistakes made in the security arrangements by JATF. Select hacking techniques and an overview of network vulnerabilities, as well as discussions about tools and techniques that security professionals use are discussed in this paper. The authors propose a set of techniques and models that business should follow to guard against similar attacks. Students are encouraged to assess and implement solutions using the tools and techniques presented in the case.



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