It's a few years after Y2K when the IT security team at this university gets a rude awakening, reports a pilot fish in the know.
"They discovered that persons unknown had hacked into a university server," fish says.
"It was being used to launch denial-of-service attacks against a victim somewhere outside the university."
The team's first job is finding the server -- which turns out to be in the alumni office -- and taking it offline.
That's when they find out that the attackers have been making use of the server for more than a year.
And once they start checking on the IP addresses of whoever it is that has accessed the server, they discover it's not just one or two hackers.