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Technology Miami high schooler charged with cyberattacks that stopped online learning

15:16  04 september  2020
15:16  04 september  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Police have arrested a Florida high schooler for alleged cyberattacks that rendered their school district’s remote learning platform almost impossible to use. The student, an unnamed 16-year-old junior at the South Miami Senior High School, admitted to attacking the school’s My School Online

Miami -Dade Public Schools has been hit with several cyberattacks since online classes began as The attack began on Monday, the school's first day of virtual learning , as a On Thursday, September 3, the Miami -Dade School District announced an arrest made in connection with a cyberattack that

Police have arrested a Florida high school student for alleged cyberattacks that rendered the Miami-Dade school district's remote learning platform almost impossible to use.

The student, an unnamed 16-year-old junior at the South Miami Senior High School, admitted to attacking the school's My School Online platform, which is designed to let students attend school from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Miami-Dade public school district announced Thursday.

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The student used an online application to carry out these attacks and has been charged with Computer Use in an Attempt to Defraud. Colleen Wright of the Miami Herald reported that The M-DCPS superintendent said that some of the attacks on its systems emanated from outside the U.S.

Pictured South Miami Senior High where David Oliveros is a student. MDCPS, which serves 275,000 students and is using virtual learning due to the He has been charged with the third-degree felony of computer use in an attempt to defraud and the second-degree misdemeanor of interference with an

Since the launch of the new school year Monday, the school district had been besieged by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which overwhelm a network with internet traffic, aiming to slow it to a crawl or knock it offline. Many students who tried to log in to My School Online were reportedly met with continual "please wait" screens.

Tools and services to conduct DDoS attacks are easily found on dark web hacker forums, and such attacks can be hard to attribute, but the student admitted to "orchestrating" eight of them, the school district said Thursday.

The Miami-Dade school district's dedicated police department had help from the FBI and the Secret Service, federal agencies that frequently investigate cybercrimes, the school said.

That department's chief of police, Edwin Lopez, said he believed the student wasn't alone, and that law enforcement is looking for the others.

"We believe, based upon our investigation, that other attackers are out there. We will not rest until every one of them is caught and brought to justice. Cyber attacks are serious crimes," he said in a statement.

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