New Zealand: Cyber attacks aimed at school websites surge

Schools are reporting an upsurge in cyber attacks, apparently from disgruntled students who are attacking school websites rather than pressing the fire alarm to disrupt classes.

Network for Learning (N4L), a Crown company that provides internet services to 98 per cent of New Zealand schools, says six schools were targeted with “dozens of attacks” aimed at taking down their websites in the first week of this term.

The “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks involve multiple computers bombarding a school’s internet connection with massive amounts of unwanted traffic.

N4L advised schools in an email on Friday to “keep an ear to the ground in case they hear a student or someone known to the school talk about DDoS attacks”.


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Source: NZ Herald