TN: County Schools Testing Disrupted By Suspected Hacking of Questar

Eugenia Estes reports:

Annual state-mandated assessment testing did not get off to the best start this week for many systems, including Greene County Schools, due to what is being investigated as a cyber attack on the company that handles online TN Ready testing for the state.

Although there were some disruptions to the testing for some students in Greene County Schools on Monday and Tuesday, testing did continue and students were able to finish their exams, according to Julia Lamons, data supervisor for the district.

Read the full report on Greenville Sun.

Regular readers may recall that Questar was mentioned on this site earlier this year when they had a breach that affected a number of schools in Mississippi and New York. Although it has not been confirmed that Questar was attacked this past week, from the reporting on the Greenville Sun, it does sound like it is likely.

Update:  So, it’s more than just Tennessee, it seems. I’m still getting caught up with news, but it appears that seven states may have been impacted, including New YorkSouth Dakota, Mississippi,  and Missouri. Two other states were not as “negatively affected.

So clearly there needs to be a deep investigation into what happened and how the vendor can prevent a recurrence of the problem.

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