Early this morning,
Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD) made an arrest related to the
cyber-attacks that have maliciously disrupted teaching and learning since
school began on Monday. M-DSPD detectives traced an IP address responsible for
the attacks to a 16-year-old student, a junior at South Miami Senior High School. A thorough
investigation is being conducted by M-DSPD, working jointly with the
FBI, the Secret Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
student admitted to orchestrating eight Distributed Denial-of-Service cyber attacks,
designed to overwhelm District networks, including web-based systems needed for
My School Online. The student used an online application to carry out
these attacks and has been charged with Computer Use in an Attempt to Defraud -
a 3rd degree felony, and Interference with an Educational
Institution - a 2nd degree misdemeanor.
County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been the target of more than a dozen of
these types of attacks since the 2020-2021 school year began. Detectives are
continuing their investigation to determine whether additional individuals
are responsible for the attacks.
believe, based upon our investigation, that other attackers are out there.
We will not rest until every one of them is caught and brought to justice.
Cyber attacks are serious crimes, which have far-reaching negative impacts. Our
message to anyone thinking of attempting a criminal act like this is to
think twice. We will find you,” said M-DSPD Chief Edwin Lopez.
commend our detectives, the FBI, Secret Service, and FDLE for their
tireless efforts to pursue those responsible for these attacks. It is disheartening
that one of our own students has admitted to intentionally causing this kind of disruption, however, I am
confident that the M-DCPS family will continue to show its resilience and
commitment to education, in the face of adversity," said Superintendent of
Schools Alberto M. Carvalho.
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