The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is launching a campaign to alert children to the consequences of DDoS attacks. More and more often schools are attacked by students.
Since the corona pandemic, the organization has seen a doubling in the number of cyber attacks targeting schools ‘ networks and websites. Children from the age of nine are already guilty of carrying out DDoS attacks on their school networks, websites and other services, according to the NCA.
In a DDOS attack, a website or internet address is requested from a large number of different computers, so that that site or server becomes overloaded and is no longer accessible.
The information campaign will now start at around two thousand primary and secondary schools and may be further expanded later.
Part of the campaign is also the detection of students who carry out searches on school computers that are related to cybercrime. They will be shown a warning against criminal activity and will be directed to the Cyber Choices website which contains a series of educational materials.
By making young people more aware of the legislation on computer crime, the NCA hopes to be able to prevent students from carrying out criminal activities on the internet.