District says cyber attack prompted ‘code red’ lockdown of Cobb schools
Posted February 24, 2021
- 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