Students launch DDoS attacks on schools websites to stop online classes during Covid-19

The old excuse of “the dog ate my homework” has evolved as much as the familiarization of students with technology and its thousands of applications. According to information security awareness specialists, some Russian students have resorted to never seen before methods so they won’t have to do their home works.

Cybersecurity firms claim that, since the beginning of social estrangement, the number of denial of service (DoS) attacks by almost 500%, with the education sector being one of the main targets of attackers. It should be remembered that a DoS attack involves saturating a website with more traffic than its servers can withstand, leading to a service failure.

According to Rostelecom, the leading Internet service provider in Russia, among the academic platforms affected are online schoolwork websites, online school calendars, videoconferencing rooms for online classes, among others. The nature of the affected sites suggests that it is the students themselves who are behind these attacks, as mention by the information security awareness specialists. 

Ivan Miroshnichenko, from Rostelecom’s computer security department, points out that launching a DoS attack against any site is very inexpensive, making this an accessible resource for many Russian students. A common DoS attack can cost less than $50 USD.

The pandemic forced academic institutions in Russia to remain closed since mid-March, so most school activities must be presented online. For further reports on information security, vulnerabilities, exploits, malware variants and computer security risks, it is recommended to enter the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) website, as well as the official platforms of technology companies.