Academics up and down the country are struggling to get online today, with Janet, the computer network connecting many British universities to the internet, being subjected to a sustained DDoS attack. It was targeted by hackers yesterday, and has been down for much of the past 24 hours or so.
A large number of students and lecturers at educational institutions have been crippled, as Janet is behind the .ac.uk and .gov.uk domains, as well as the Wi-Fi network used at a large number of British universities. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is trying to iron out the problems, though it's admitted that the attackers may have gained a helping hand from the updates issued by the Jisc Major Incidents Twitter account. The tweets have now stopped.
With term coming to a close, students have reportedly missed their deadlines for work, as submission systems have been largely inaccessible. The Register reports that the attackers haven't yet made a ransom demand. [Mancunion]
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