« on: March 10, 2005, 11:19:24 AM »
Mar 8, 2005 — BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard Business School said on Tuesday it is rejecting applications from 119 would-be students who it says hacked into a Web site to learn if they were accepted at the Ivy League university ahead of the official notification.
"This behavior is unethical at best — a serious breach of trust that cannot be countered by rationalization," Kim Clark, dean of Harvard Business School, said in a statement.
"Any applicant found to have done so will not be admitted to this school."
Harvard said 119 applicants had hacked into Virginia-based ApplyYourself, a company that manages Web pages used by students to apply to roughly 300 different universities.
"We know that 119 applicants hacked into the system — and we know their names," said Jim Aisner, a spokesman for Harvard Business School.
Aisner declined to comment on how many of the 119 applicants would have been accepted at the school had they not broken into the ApplyYourself Web site.
Harvard is one of several top-tier universities that use ApplyYourself to tell applicants if their applications were successful.
Last week, officials at the site said a computer hacker had helped applicants break into records at some of the most prestigious U.S. business schools to see if they were accepted weeks before official offers are made.
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