The LAUSD Cyberattack Is a Classic Example of a “Drive By” Attack

Op-Ed: The cyberattack on Los Angeles schools could happen anywhere

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that it faced a cyberattack that compromised the personal data of about 50,000 students and staff whose information was then used to launch phishing attacks against a number of government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The cyberattack resulted in the exposure of credit card information, social security numbers, student IDs, and other personal information. The LAUSD also warned that an attack could begin with “social engineering,” which would use personal data from a compromised device to attack a device or system.

Since the attack was discovered last week, there have been varying reports over whether or not the attack was actually carried out by an inside or external source. If the LAUSD was attacked, is it the first attack involving a school system being attacked from its own network, or was the attack carried out by an outside source?

The most probable scenario seems to be the latter. After all, it wouldn’t be surprising to find a major American school district being attacked from inside. It would be even more surprising to find the school district to be the target. For instance, it’s not hard to imagine why DHS would send out a phishing email to all the school systems in the country.

It’s also possible that the LAUSD was attacked from an external source. After all, how does it relate to the attack on the California Department of Motor Vehicles? How could they have been attacked by DHS? It seems like the attack on the DMV is a classic example of a “drive by” attack, where hackers use a weak password to hack into a system that was not properly protected from the source.

The attack on the LAUSD has been an example of a drive by attack because it only took

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