Top prosecutor orders probe as worst cyberattack in Greece disrupts school exams

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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.

Cyberattack hits school exams.

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.

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