Harvard Upgrades ID Cards

Security breach last year catalyzed the university's update of its 15-year-old system.


Less than a year after a student was caught hacking into the Harvard's ID system last year, the university has unveiled a new ID card system that uses Smartcard technology, the Harvard Crimson reports.

With only ID numbers and $200 card reader bought off eBay, the hacker, a Harvard undergrad, had duplicated the ID cards of high-ranking officials, including university President Drew Faust, allowing him special access to campus facilities.

The change updates a 15-year-old system and brings Harvard up to speed with Princeton, Yale, and MIT.