Greece’s centralised high school examination platform has been targeted in a cyberattack, Greece’s Education Ministry said on Tuesday.
The Ministry said the attack was “the most significant ever carried out against a Greek public or government organisation.”
It said the distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks occurred on two consecutive days – Monday and Tuesday – and involved computers from 114 countries, causing outages and delays in high school exams but failing to incapacitate the system.
End-of year high school exams in Greece are administered using an online platform known as the Subject Bank, designed to set a uniform standard nationwide.
The outages left students waiting in classrooms for hours for the exams to start.
In response, Greece’s Supreme Court prosecutor ordered a judicial investigation into the two cyber attacks, to be assisted by the police’s cybercrime division.
The inquiry will be handled by the head of Athens’ First-Instance Court Prosecutor, Antonis Eleftherianos.
Greece’s Caretaker Prime Minister, Ioannis Sarmas, also chaired a meeting on Tuesday about the attacks. In a statement, Mr Sarmas said the attacks has been “efficiently repelled.”
The statement made no reference to who might be responsible for the disruption.
Source: AP News.