Computer Systems Assignment #1




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CSI 4139 / CEG 4399
Design of Secure Computer Systems
Assignment #1

Find an attack on any system (may be a computer system or network, but need not be)
that occurred during 2017 and/or 2018. (Note: please do not use the Equifax breach that
we discussed in class; find another attack instead.) Write a 2-5 page report on this attack
that includes the following information:
 A description of the system or systems on which this attack occurred.
 A description of the attack itself – what was the vulnerability that was exploited
by the attacker?
 A description of the damage that was done by this attack (if any).
 A discussion of any mechanisms or procedures that could have been used by the
owners or administrators of the system to prevent this attack from being
successful (and discuss how feasible these would have been to implement).
Be sure to cite – using proper references in proper format – all sources of information
used in your research (must be at least two).