We’ve seen a new crop of DDoS attacks against school districts and universities this spring, to such an extent that many of these organizations are rescheduling their testing of students entirely. Notably amongst these have been Minnesota’s Department of Education, and again this week at Rutgers University, with the latter outage persisting through the weekend into the next week. It’s not confined to any particular region either, as we’re seeing things crop up in California, Colorado, Ohio, and other states.
But why the sudden onslaught? Sure, it’s testing season, and if the opportunity rises to cancel an exam, a student might be sorely tempted to make that happen. To some, it’s no different than pulling a fire alarm to burn time and in some respects, that’s exactly what it is. However, it doesn’t account for the frequency in comparison to the years prior, where DDoS was just as doable for an internet savvy student. Everything from YouTube instructions to walkthroughs have existed purely for this purpose for a few years now.
While we’ve covered the how and why of DDoS-ing schools and universities in a previous blog post, we thought it was interesting to revisit just how much we’ve seen it happening this year so far. We think the answer is likely simple, and surprisingly not technical. Convenience and awareness. Read More