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Hackers cripple Internet classes

St. Petersburg College officials say the incident was a malicious attack involving a virus. The FBI and FDLE are investigating. Classes ended abruptly last Thursday night at St. Petersburg College after a computer virus infected the E-campus, causing the school’s Internet infrastructure to overload and preventing students from finishing their online tests. It was an unwelcome problem at a school that prides itself on having Florida’s largest electronic campus, with 12,000 students taking classes and tests via the Internet. SPC officials say the attack was malicious and planned by hackers who know the school is part of a well-known cyber security consortium. The FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement have been notified. “We want these perpetrators to know that we will file charges,” said Conferlete Carney, SPC’s vice president of information systems, business services, planning and budgeting. Full Story

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