Distance learning in schools in Massachusetts has been suspended following a DDoS attack. Sandwich Public Schools ran into problems for a week connection, after what was first recognized as its failure firewall on October 8. A new firewall that was implemented to resolve the issue then collapsed, pushing the department technology to find a firewall from a different vendor.
After troubleshooting other connection issues with OpenCape Network of schools in Massachusetts despite the new firewall, the source of the problem was identified as a DDoS attack. Inspector Pamela Gould said the area reported the attack to Sandwich police and FBI.
Recurring internet outages have also occurred this month at Tyngsboro High School and Lyceum, disrupting the area's efforts to provide remote education to the students.
Inspector Dr. Michael Flanagan reported that IT professionals in the Tyngsboro area and the provider cyber security have found that the outages were not caused by an internal issue hardware or from a problem with the local ISP, but from a DDoS attack.
Flanagan said in a press release: "We are shocked and disappointed that this break has disrupted a very successful and positive start to our school year here in Tyngsboro. We have all worked hard to create a favorable learning environment, despite the challenges and disruptions caused by its pandemic. Mesures COVID-19».
The outage in Tyngsboro is currently being investigated by state educators, a solution provider information technology and the local police. It is not yet clear whether the distance lessons were deliberately sabotaged or whether the interruption was caused by a device that had been breached without the owner's knowledge.
Finally, Flanagan stressed that he is confident that the problem will be remedied soon, expressing his frustration and dissatisfaction with the upheaval caused by this incident students, their families and school staff in the area.