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Cyberattack, Plus Software Failure, Responsible For Miami-Dade Schools’ Woes, Carvalho Says

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SEBASTIAN BALLESTAS / MIAMI HERALD
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A virtual school year for students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools had a rocky start due to software glitches and a cyberattack.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said a cyberattack, in addition to Monday’s software glitch, were responsible for Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ disastrous first two days of its virtual start to an already surreal school year.

Carvalho made the shocking announcement outside School Board headquarters in downtown Miami late Tuesday afternoon. He said the district suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Monday morning, simultaneously with a software glitch that blocked access to the district’s servers, rendering multiple online school district features useless and teaching nearly impossible.

Carvalho said the FBI and Secret Service have been called in and Comcast, the school district’s internet provider, was subpoenaed around 3 p.m. He said he did not know who the perpetrator may be, but vowed to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.