Cybersecurity wakeup call as hackers target school system

Cybersecurity wakeup call as hackers target school system

Hacking kids is pretty low, man.


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New Sᴏᴜᴛh Wales Depᴀʀᴛᴍᴇnt ᴏꜰ Educᴀᴛiᴏɴ ᴀɴɴᴏunced ɪᴛ ʜᴀᴅ fᴀʟʟen victim ᴛᴏ a cyʙᴇrsecurɪᴛy ᴀᴛtack ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ. Tʜᴇ stᴀᴛe depᴀʀᴛᴍᴇnt, ᴀꜰᴛᴇʀ havɪɴg ᴛᴀᴋᴇn sᴏᴍᴇ ᴏꜰ ɪᴛs sʏsᴛᴇᴍs ᴏꜰflɪɴe ɪɴ respᴏɴse ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ hackɪɴg ᴀᴛtempt, ɪs ɴᴏw rᴀʟʟyɪɴg ɪᴛs ꜰᴏʀces ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴏɴlɪɴe ɪɴ tiᴍᴇ ꜰᴏʀ tʜᴇ ʙᴇgɪɴnɪɴg ᴏꜰ ᴛᴇʀᴍ.

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The timing of the attacks couldn't have been worse, as Georgina Harrisson, the NSW Education Secretary said in a statement, it "creates considerable challenges for staff as we prepare for the start of Term 3," (via ZDNet). The hope is that working together with Cyber Security NSW will mean normal access should resume swiftly, before everything starts back up.

The department's initial reaction to isolate the issues appears to have been a success, but these kinds of attacks are only likely to grow in number over the years. As our world becomes ever more reliant on technology and the web, cybercrime becomes more sophisticated and determined by the day. There's no word so far on what kind of data they were after, or exactly how much has fallen into the hands of the attackers.

Harrison notes that, of course, the safety and security of its student and staff data is priority. As such, they're looking to find a rapid solution, and police as well as federal agencies have been notified.

It's a sad day when hackers target the vulnerable among us, and another good reason to make sure you're up to date with your cybersecurity knowledge. I mean, for goodness sake, think of the children.

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