Surge in DDoS attacks targeting education and academic sector

As education institutions across the world moved to online learning, cyber threat disruptions have amplified more than ever. Malware, vulnerability exploits, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), phishing attacks have all struck this sector, increasing in frequency over the past two months.

As schools in the U.S. restarted in remote learning mode, cybersecurity companies noticed a surge in DDoS attacks causing network downtime and pausing classes as a consequence.

Data from cybersecurity company Check Point shows that attackers have adopted different methods and tactics when targeting the education and research sectors in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The end goal also seems to vary from one region to another.

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Source: Bleeping Computer