BRIEF: Illinois High School Hacking Case Draws FBI Attention

It is unclear what the goal of the attacks against Peoria Notre Dame High School was, but officials said they posed a very "serious threat to the school and to day to day operations."

by Andy Kravetz, Journal Star / October 30, 2018

(TNS) — Peoria, Ill's Notre Dame High School was targeted by a cyberattack that has drawn the attention of federal investigators.

In a letter to parents, school Principal Randy Simmons explained the school was the target of a "Denial of Service" attack sometime before Oct. 4. Then, he told parents, the school changed some of its technology but the attacks continued a few more times in October.

It's unclear what the cybercriminals were trying to do, though the principal did say the attacks posed a very "serious threat to the school and to day to day operations." Simmons said local law enforcement as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been contacted and are on the case.

"Several factors indicate that the attacks are specifically targeting PND, and likely perpetrated by an individual or individuals known to PND. While to some it may seem unlikely that a student or adult would have the wherewithal to perform such an attack, news reports provide ample evidence to the contrary. The same reports also confirm the severity of the criminal charges brought against those involved in the attacks," he said in his letter.

©2018 the Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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