At the end of March, just as many students in Kansas were preparing to take tests on the online student testing system known as the Kansas Interactive Testing Engine (KITE), a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack was launched against the servers powering the platform.
According to The Kansas City Star, the first attack was recorded on March 27. A few days later, after everything was restored to normal, a new attack was launched. Students who were taking the tests the time got error messages or blank screens.
“We don’t know if it was two bored teenagers or an anti-testing attack. We have no information,” said Marianne Perie, co-director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, cited by the Star.