Erie 1 BOCES falls victim to "hack attack"

Erie 1 BOCES falls victim to "hack attack"
Posted at 4:51 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 20:42:42-04

Erie 1 BOCES have become the latest victims of a "hack attack."

The education service released this statement on their website:

"Update on Network Outage Friday, 05/26/17

The type of attack we experienced is called a Distributed Denial of Service or DDOS. The purpose of a DDOS is to halt normal business operations, rather than mine data. To be clear, no data was breached during this attack. A DDOS basically floods the network with an excessive amount of data that cannot be processed and thus stalls the flow of information in or out of the network.

Intermittent attacks began on Tuesday afternoon and continued to escalate through this morning. As of this afternoon we have resumed normal operations and will continue to monitor the situation.

All possible resources were brought in to support us with this issue, including outreach and assistance from top engineers and developers at our vendors' offices. Since we are still determining the origin of the attack, and it is an ongoing investigation, we can’t speak to the specific tactics we are taking to remedy the situation. We have been in contact with NYSED and the FBI regarding the attack.

Our teams will conduct a formal debrief to reassess how we can further strengthen our resources and protocols in the evolving landscape of cyber security.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the attack. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Service Desk at (716) 821-7460."