Colleges targeted in a new wave of cyberattacks

Fears over the future of cybersecurity service that protects Scotland’s further education sector

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Cyberattacks on colleges are increasing both in frequency and in scope, according to new statistics seen by Tes Scotland.

One of the methods criminals are using against colleges is distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS). Criminals arrange for multiple computers, often based all over the globe, to repeatedly open a website at the same time. This floods the targeted network’s servers with a huge amount of web traffic which can knock them offline, meaning other users cannot access web-based services.

A quarter of colleges across the UK suffered a DDoS attack last year. The number of ...

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