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Cyber attack knocked down hundreds of school networks offline in Japan

The Cyber attack knocked down hundreds of school networks offline in Japan was allegedly instigated by a student. A 16-year-old high school ...


The Cyber attack knocked down hundreds of school networks offline in Japan was allegedly instigated by a student.

A 16-year-old high school student hacked the Osaka Board of Education server that took 444 elementary, junior high and high school networks offline afetr he was frustrated with his teachers.

According to the investigators the student used his cellphone to monitor the attack, and he wanted to join hacktivist group Anonymous.

Radware security researcher Daniel Smith said that student-launched attacks are becoming more common.

"We have been getting approached by education institutions or regional IT firms who say they are starting to see some increased attack activity," said Smith.

This attack was result of the aggression toward a school or staff member, others reasons include delaying tests, changing grades and manipulating the registration process to gain an advantage over other students.

"He wanted to show the vulnerabilities inside the college network," said Smith. "It was very simple for him to topple the network, and it caused a lot of issues for students and staff members."

Most of the attackers aims at student portals, admission processing sites, mail servers and sensitive databases holding personal information. 

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