Dawson expels whistle-blowing student
The student union at Dawson College is going to bat for a computer science student expelled after he alerted administrators to a security flaw in an important program.
20-year old Hamed Al-Khabaz was a member of Dawson's software development club. He was working on an app to give students easier access to their school account when he discovered a problem with a program used by many CEGEPS - a flaw that if exploited would have given hackers access to personal information on thousands of people.
Al-Khabaz told Dawson about it, then tested the system a few days later to see whether the hole had been plugged. It was the testing that got him expelled. The company which designed the software said his check could have crashed the program.
The student union says Dawson betrayed a brilliant student to protect the company which supplied the faulty software. There's an online petition to help him out.
Dawson is standing by its decision to expel Al-Khabaz.