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Canada between supposed and slow cyber attacks, a complicated week for the school at home

12:30  09 april  2021
12:30  09 april  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Une première semaine catastrophique pour l'école à la maison s'achève ce vendredi. Entre lenteurs et bugs techniques, les enseignants et élèves ont été en difficulté. La plateforme du Cned aurait même été la cible de cyberattaques, selon cette dernière. Une enquête a été ouverte, mais les experts en cybersécurité et les équipes pédagogiques doutent. © Guillaume Souvant / AFP A first catastrophic week for the school at home ends this Friday. Between slowly and technical bugs, teachers and students have been in trouble. The CNED platform would have even been the target of cyberattacks, according to the latter. An investigation was opened, but cybersecurity experts and pedagogical teams doubt.

Last day of a complicated week for "school at home" in France, before two weeks of vacation common to all academic areas. Computer bugs and bugs on digital work environments or on CNED devices have been denounced since Tuesday by teachers, students and their families. "Almost nothing has worked since Tuesday," deplores Europe 1 Bruno Bobkiewicz, a headset of the Berlioz school city of Vincennes and National Secretary of SNPDEN UNSA.

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"we have very degraded services concerning the digital work environments put in place by the communities, we have the CNED tool which is almost unavailable for three days and We even have the private tools that are usually available that have dysfunctioned on short periods since the beginning of the week, "says the headmaster.

Cyber ​​attacks on CNED platforms?

The servers of the were overloaded and the platform "My class at home" of the CNED was disturbed all week by "cyber attacks" , according to the national distance education center. The National Information Systems Safety Agency (ANSSI) has been seized, according to the Ministry of Education. And the parquet of Paris announced the opening of a survey Wednesday on a series of computer attacks against the platform, which mentioned "deliberate acts of malevolence" in the form "attack by denial of service". Behind this term: a snail operation. The malicious user sends a huge amount of information via a software to the sites targeted until it cracks.

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This form of attack is common. Yet Nicolas Arpagian, author of the book Cybersecurity, doubt that the CNED was a victim. "If there was a Cyber ​​attack by denial of service, it does not correspond to the usual characteristics that are: either the crapper approach with financial demands or the ideological approach with the highlighting of a speech. It looks each other Not at all to a classic case of denial of service attacks. For him, it would simply be a technical problem of sizing the servers.

It could nevertheless exist another motivation to this potential cyber attack: a "bad joke" of young students. "We could imagine that adolescents or young adults, who are often video games and who are used to practicing this type of attack, often done in a logic of games, could have used their knowledge -Fake against the site that asked them to be connected to the school at home, "Imagine Billois Gérôme, Cabinet Wasted." A game "that could be very expensive: seven years in prison and 300,000 euros fine.

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College and high school students will resume remote courts the week of April 26, before a presential return on May 3rd. In the meantime, educational teams hope that technical worries will be settled. "This is our request," Bruno Bobkiewicz supports. "We have two weeks before us who arise. The idea is that we can have the ability to allow students to work in the best conditions."

It is nevertheless skeptical. "If we have not been able to do it for a year, will we be able to do it for two weeks? Since we were guaranteed that everything was going to walk, we can still be today. Hui worried about how things will be able to evolve. "

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