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State investigates cyber-attack on school testing program

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The state’s top law enforcement agency is investigating cyber-attacks that caused several school districts to suspend standardized tests.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Education announced the investigation Monday, a week after school districts started reporting problems with the tests.

Administrators were having problems logging into the testing system and some students were being logged out before completing tests.

The Department of Education blamed the problems on software issues and thought the situation was resolved Tuesday, but then suspected a cyber-attack when there were numerous reports of “white screens” after people tried to log into the system.

FDLE was contacted and is now trying to determine the source of the attacks.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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