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High School Student Questioned over DDoS on State Testing

18-year-old student accused of DDoS attacks against school district.

An 18-year-old high school student has been accused of conducting cyber attacks that disrupted State Mandated Testing (STAAR) for thousands of students in the district.

Keontra Lamont Kenemore from Klein Forest High School in Texas, is accused of electronic access interference, which is a third degree felony, according to media reports.

Police alleged that he used his school-issued Chromebook to access sites that initiated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, causing major internet disruptions during STAAR in the Texas district back in April.

The internet disruptions affected all campuses district-wide and about 3,000 students on their STAAR tests on April 16, which was the first day of the English Language Arts test. Students were locked out and had to stop and restart their writing essays and multiple choice test answer due to the online attack.

Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

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