"FLVS systems are up and running for most students. If you are taking your course in a Virtual Learning Lab (VLL) at your school, there still may be some issues with access. We are continuing to work through these with school districts. If you are not attempting to work on your FLVS course from a VLL, but are still having trouble accessing our website or VSA.flvs.net, please submit a help ticket at help.flvs.net ASAP. Once again, thank you for your patience as we continue to work through today's DDoS attack. Please know that teachers have been informed about this downtime and have been instructed how to work with students and districts."
"As you are aware, over the past 24 hours FLVS systems have been intermittently unavailable. Today our systems are experiencing additional downtime. Let us begin by saying, we are sorry for the frustration this has caused. We would like to share what has been going on.
Over the past 24 hours, the Florida Virtual School website has been under a DDoS attack. DDoS is a tech acronym that stands for Distributed Denial of Service. What does it mean? Well, in short, it means that there was an attack intended to prevent anyone from being able to visit our website. To clarify, we were NOT hacked and this is NOT a virus. This is simply an attack aimed at temporarily suspending accessibility of our website by preventing real users from making it through our firewall. As soon as this attack began yesterday, our IT team took the precautionary measure of shutting down all of our systems. This includes VSA, Educator, our website, and our registration system. This measure was taken so as to give us time to assess the situation and add additional security tools specifically meant to address DDoS attacks.
We assure you we are working around the clock to prevent any future attacks of this nature. We appreciate your patience with us as we work to make this happen. Students will not be penalized for not having access to their course work over the past 24 hours. Our teachers have been informed of the reason for the downtime and instructed to work with students and families.
We will let you know as soon as this work in complete. Thank you again for your patience."
(Here's something you can read about DDoS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack)
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