Hackers operating from Russia and China have targeted a French home education platform that crashed at the start of a national lockdown last week, researchers said on Monday.
Cyber attacks on the program “Ma classe a la maison” (My home class) originated in Russia and China, but it is unclear whether the criminals were Russian and Chinese themselves, the sources added.
The platform, used by over one million pupils and teachers to continue classes after schools closed to stop Covid-19 from spreading, stopped repeatedly on April 6.
The French distance learning center, NCAD, which runs the service, complained about “deliberate malicious acts” that took place for several days.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer drew broad acclaim for suggesting that the cuts were caused by foreign hackers, with many parents blaming the government’s lack of preparation.
But researchers confirmed that the hackers had targeted the system.
President Emmanuel Macron closed the country’s schools for three weeks to help tame a third wave of Covid-19 infections after hospitals warned they were drowning with critical outbreaks.
After a week of home education, the schools were closed for two weeks vacation.