Malicious attacks are disrupting student learning

As most of our staff and students know, our district-wide network has experienced a number of denial-of-service-attacks over the past two months. These DDoS attacks as they are called are malicious attempts to shut down access to the internet at the point where our network connects to our AT&T internet provider. This type of attack has been all too common in business and government lately.

While we have identified a potential person of interest and have involved law enforcement in the process, the attacks have not stopped and are getting longer in duration. This has disrupted our classroom learning and critical administrative operations substantially. This type of an attack is a crime and if the perpetrator is found, we plan to press for the maximum penalties available and significant restitution for lost services and work hours.

The district has little recourse at this time but to pay for an expensive security service as an added protection against this type of criminal activity. We’re moving rapidly to do so despite the negative impact on funds intended for our classrooms. In the meantime, the investigation will continue and we’ll leave no stone unturned until the culprit or culprits are apprehended.

Any students or other individuals who may have knowledge related to these DDoS attacks are encouraged to report it to your principal, directly to me, or to our Wyoming Police Department.

 

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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