District says cyber attack prompted ‘code red’ lockdown of Cobb schools

District says cyber attack prompted ‘code red’ lockdown of Cobb schools

Posted February 24, 2021

District says cyber attack prompted ‘code red’ lockdown of Cobb schools

  • District officials earlier said an AlertPoint system “malfunction” on Feb. 2 caused employees to receive a message indicating an active alarm.
  • Following the incident, Cobb schools said it began investigating and found the alarm was intentionally set off and was “uniquely limited to the AlertPoint system.”
  • Cobb school board members said the cyber attack on AlertPoint and the malfunctioning of the UV lights have raised more questions about the vulnerability of technology used by the district.
  • “If the safety mechanisms can be manipulated as we just witnessed, then the question is how safe are we?”
  • “How safe is the system and is it the right system if it can be easily targeted?”
  • Board member Brad Wheeler said the incident should propel the district to explore “what can be put in place to prevent it from happening again.”

– Kristal Dixon | February 24, 2021